IOC Bans Political Protest at the 2020 Olympics, Hand Gestures and Kneeling Specifically Cited as No-Nos

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has explicitly banned political hand signals, armbands, and kneeling from the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

In published guidelines, the IOC declared, “We believe that the example we set by competing with the world’s best while living in harmony in the Olympic Village is a uniquely positive message to send to an increasingly divided world. This is why it is important, on both a personal and a global level, that we keep the venues, the Olympic Village and the podium neutral and free from any form of political, religious or ethnic demonstrations.”

“If we do not, the life’s work of the athletes around us could be tarnished, and the world would
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