BLM Protests Will Be Banned At Tokyo Olympics

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Olympic athletes will be punished if they kneel or raise a fist to protest racial inequality during the upcoming Tokyo Games.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that they would uphold a rule that forbids “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda” by athletes during competitions, at ceremonies, or on podiums. 

Despite a push to amend the rule to allow athletes to openly protest at the games in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, an IOC survey of 3,500 athletes found that 70% of respondents said it is “not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views” during competition or ceremonies, and 67% disapproved of demonstrating at the podium.

IOC’s Athletes’ Commission chief Kirsty Coventry, a former Olympic swimming champion from Zimbabwe, said athletes would be punished for making political statements at the Games, “because of the majority of athletes we spoke to. That is what they are requesting.” The punishments that Coventry described as “proportionate,” have yet to be defined and will be drafted prior to the July 23 start of Opening Ceremonies.  

Though the IOC made concessions to add references to “inclusion and equality” to the Olympic Oath and allow apparel inclusions for approved words “peace, respect, solidarity, inclusion and equality,” wearing BLM gear will be strictly prohibited.  

American four-time gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross is “outraged” by the policy and hopes Olympians defy it. “I think that the athletes that feel compelled will do it regardless, good luck with people paying fines for being able to express themselves,” she said.  I just think ultimately the IOC thinks it’s a distraction and I think it’s an unfortunate decision.”

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Scott
Scott
5 months ago

“Despite a push to amend the rule to allow athletes to openly protest at the games in light of the Black Lives Matter movement…” says is all. IF they don’t like the rule, they’re welcome to drop out of the competition.

Using this event as a protest event is ridiculous and detracts from the original purpose of it.

What’s next, a permit to burn, loot and murder in the countries and cities that the Olympics are held in?

NO ONE is forcing these athletes to compete here, and they’re welcome to avoid it altogether. We see how BLM and other protests have affected other major sports, resulting in the growing lack of interest in those sports. Is that what is to come of the Olympics? It will be if we’re going to be subjected to BLM’s antics at every event!

james corcoran
james corcoran
5 months ago
Reply to  Scott

TRYING TO HAVE IT BOTH WAYS……

Lakegirl
Lakegirl
5 months ago
Reply to  Scott

After last summer, I think we r all done. If these athletes think America is so racist, please leave. Try Russia!!!!!

Patty
Patty
5 months ago
Reply to  Lakegirl

They like komunism so well, let them go to China!

Junius
Junius
5 months ago

Japanese people have more intelligence than Americans! The most ignorant of all are American Democrat and RINO Politicians!

lionel s ducote
lionel s ducote
5 months ago
Reply to  Junius

Wow, Truth Bomb!

Ulla
Ulla
5 months ago

If this was a “truth bomb” to you, then I would like to know, where you have been hiding, since unfortunately it is plain and simple that too many in America are really pretty ignorant, but they think that they know it all…..A glaring example of that is our politicians, democrats, liberals and rhinos even some republicans …….

Sandra
Sandra
5 months ago
Reply to  Junius

Thank goodness someone has the balls to speak up & oust BLM from my sight for the special olympics. Every sport out there has BLM in focus that is why I do not watch sports anymore. Thank you…thank you….thank you! What a break it’s going to be!

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
5 months ago

If the Olympics decide to go down the road of allowing BLM to take over, we WON’T BE WATCHING. Hope others make the same decision.
Please BOYCOTT ALL PROFESSIONAL SPORTS! I’m so sick of this nonsense, and I’m sure I’m not alone.

james corcoran
james corcoran
5 months ago

BOYCOTT THEM ALL… LEBRON N NBA, MBA, ANY SPORTS OR HOLLYWOOD COMMIE SUPPORTEWRS……

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
5 months ago
Reply to  james corcoran

They (the athletes) need to feel the pain of no fans. Sick of these overpaid, black privileged nobodies.

Lakegirl
Lakegirl
5 months ago

So done with these athletes. Agree if u don’t agree with the Japanese rules, then don’t participate

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
5 months ago
Reply to  Lakegirl

Exactly!

Dan
Dan
5 months ago

Nipped that black shit in the bud.
Domo.

Harvey
Harvey
5 months ago

Harvey

Harvey
Harvey
5 months ago

Finally someone has put a spike in this non sense of b
Lm. Look it’s all wrong. All lives matter so man up and except it. Quit protesting and start living. We are tired of all the redorick and bs over this. If ur an American then act like an American praise god. Salute the flag and stand tall for the national anthem. And respect the great American dream. If u don’t pack your shit and leave our country

james corcoran
james corcoran
5 months ago
Reply to  Harvey

WAY TOO FEW PRAISE..OR EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE…GOD, SALUTE THE FLAG.. OR KNOW THE WORDS TO THE ANTHEM,,,,,,,,

Lakegirl
Lakegirl
5 months ago
Reply to  Harvey

Totally agree

Anti communism
Anti communism
5 months ago

The games were set up to be non political and non adversarial. Anybody that wants to do otherwise should be banned from participating and barred for life.

Connie Jones
Connie Jones
5 months ago

Its about time Black Lives Matter supporters are banned from something. They do not help black people. it is a hustle to collect money from unsuspecting donors only to enrich the leaders in the movement, pay fools to protest and then bail them out of jail. Maybe this is the first step in their demise so people can band together and support All Lives.

lionel s ducote
lionel s ducote
5 months ago

Protest by not attending, Dox their butts. Do that to them. Show them by not showing up how much you disapproved of how you are being treated by them.

Sonja Moreau
Sonja Moreau
5 months ago

BLM is nothing but a terrorists organization. If you can’t abide by the majority rules, don’t participate. Act like an adult!

Marshall Tidwell
Marshall Tidwell
5 months ago

that is just great. Its about time

Mac
Mac
5 months ago

I’m not watching any pro sports it’s rediculous. Haven’t watched them nor supported them in anyway since the crap started and I won’t ever watch or support them ever again I’m done. College is fine and mostly that’s what we watch in the south.

Right is Might
Right is Might
5 months ago

Uh…..- and who is this little bitch lighting the fires??? Newsflash princess,your contribution to life thus far is 4 hunks of metal that in the real world are Eh. Nice one. NO BODY CARES WHAT YOU THINK!!! I don’t even know your event that’s how popular you are. You are an athelete sent by America. You do not, are not,and will not push your RACIST, DIVISIVE, BLM (Bullshit, Lots More) as a representative of this greatest nation…..EVER!!! In the 70s and the 80s Soviets were always defecting here during the Olympics. Why don’t you take your pretty jewelry and defect to Russia or China. I hope when you “protest” they burn your slovenly ass down!

Thomas Bodine
Thomas Bodine
5 months ago

“Burning Looting Mayhem” = Sayonara