'Cowardice': Olympics Committee Slammed for New Guidelines Barring Athletes From Kneeling, Raising

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    Judi Lynn
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    Friday, January 10, 2020
    by Common Dreams

    “God how I despise these Olympic politician opportunists.”

    by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

    The International Olympic Committee drew sharp criticism from rights advocates Thursday after the organization issued revised guidelines banning athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Games from staging protests at the event including kneeling during their national anthem or raising their fists into the air.

    “So the IOC is doubling down on the disgraceful treatment of athletes in 1968?” asked Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Ifill was referring to the iconic moment at the Mexico City Olympics when black Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos, as they were awarded their gold and bronze medals, respectively, wore black gloves, took off their shoes, and held their fists high to protest poverty and racism. The IOC responded by expelling Smith and Carlos.

    The IOC announced the guidelines for Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter Thursday. Among the specific actions (pdf) now banned are:

    • Displaying any political messaging, including signs or armbands
    • Gestures of a political nature, like a hand gesture or kneeling
    • Refusal to follow the Ceremonies protocol.


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    But this is okay:

    (Source YTN News – 9.3)

    The Military flag of Imperial Japan- no problem says the IOC.

  • #249120

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    So there’s one less thing to remember this summer.

    When the going gets tough, the tough help each other.

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    I love the sound bs rules make when they’re broken

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    Robot X
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    Approved display of political affiliation.

    Forbidden display of political affiliation.


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    Passionate Progressive
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    One more reason I won’t be watching the Olympics…..it was already bad enough now that athletes have become professional …the goals of being healthy for its own sake has long been replaced by becoming a celebrity.

    Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt......Sam Adams

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    Conservatives everywhere do hate it when anyone, athletes included, express political opinions. You don’t hear progressive countries insisting on patriotic displays from their athletes not do they live in fear that there will be ‘unpatriotic displays’ at the Olympics or elsewhere.

    National problems (slavery/racism, income inequality, pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war) are not solved with more national sovereignty.

    A CEO, an American worker and an immigrant sit at a table with a dozen cookies in front of them. The CEO grabs 11 of them, then leans over and warns the worker, "Watch out for the immigrant. He is trying to get your cookie."

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    Ohio Barbarian
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    The Olympics have been completely capitalized, so it’s no surprise to see the IOC bow to authoritarians with money. They’re almost impossible for me to watch, anyway. ABC or whoever has so many commercials and former Olympians prattling on about stuff I don’t care about that it’s unbearable, and I’m not about to pay to watch sports on TV.

    I haven’t actually watched much of any Olympics in decades.

    We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.--Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    With Bernie Sanders, we have the receipts. --Nina Turner

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