British media The Guardian explains that the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organizers have banned their communications teams from sharing images on their social networks showing athletes with one knee on the ground during the Olympics.
During Euro 2021 football in June and July, the knee to the ground – a symbol of the fight against racism – had been debated in some countries, especially in the United Kingdom. It seems that the subject resurfaces at the Tokyo Olympics, which officially begins on Friday, but which was unofficially launched on Wednesday.
The Guardian claims that the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organization have banned their communication teams from sharing images on their social networks showing athletes with one knee on the ground during the Olympic Games.
Already examples in the women’s football tournament
However, the IOC recently relaxed Rule 50, which until then prohibited athletes from engaging in any kind of “political, religious or racial demonstration or propaganda at Olympic venues, facilities or other areas”.
Peaceful protests are now permitted on the playing field, provided they take place without disruption and with respect for other competitors. However, sanctions are still foreseen for any protest made on the podium.
If the Games begin Friday on the occasion of the opening ceremony which will take place at 1 p.m. French time, the Olympic softball tournament and the women’s football tournament started on Wednesday. And during the matches between Great Britain and Chile and that between the United States and Sweden, players have just put one knee to the ground. But that, you did not see it on the social networks of Tokyo 2020 …