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Fri Jan 10, 2020, 10:30 PM

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

Source: Common Dreams

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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.



  • Read more: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/10/cowardice-olympics-committee-slammed-new-guidelines-barring-athletes-kneeling

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    Reply 'Cowardice': Olympics Committee Slammed for New Guidelines Barring Athletes From Kneeling, Raising F (Original post)
    Judi Lynn Jan 10 OP
    DURHAM D Jan 10 #1
    not fooled Jan 10 #2
    certainot Jan 10 #3
    jberryhill Jan 11 #4
    democrank Jan 11 #5
    Sherman A1 Jan 11 #6
    left-of-center2012 Jan 11 #7
    csziggy Jan 11 #8
    reACTIONary Jan 11 #9
    Ron Obvious Jan 12 #11
    reACTIONary Jan 12 #14
    KYBlue Jan 11 #10
    Blue_Tires Jan 12 #12
    EX500rider Jan 12 #13
    geralmar Jan 12 #15

    Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

    Fri Jan 10, 2020, 10:58 PM

    1. Asshole Avery Brundage lives. nt

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    Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

    Fri Jan 10, 2020, 11:06 PM

    2. Oh, but

    all deference must be shown to corporate sponsors.

    In addition to the overtly political aspects of past Olympics.


    Just another reason I've lost interest, although I still love watching the athletes.

    Too corporate, too commercialized, and the coverage we get in the USA is too jingoistic and nationalistic for my taste.


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    Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

    Fri Jan 10, 2020, 11:37 PM

    3. ironically, 87 universities support 260 of the lmbaugh stations that made this possible

    by broadcasting sports on them

    so the leader of the "kneeling athletes are traitors" movement, created with months and now years of repetition on 600 radio stations continues, despite most of the stations that keep him going depending on university and pro sports and their black athletes to bring in advertising

    how fucked up is that

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    Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

    Sat Jan 11, 2020, 12:01 AM

    4. The Olympics has always been about fascism

    Read up on Juan Antonio Samaranch.



    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Antonio_Samaranch

    Juan Antonio Samaranch y Torelló, 1st Marquess of Samaranch (Catalan pronunciation: [ʒuˈan ənˈtɔni(.u) səməˈɾaŋ]; 17 July 1920 – 21 April 2010) was a Spanish sports administrator and minister of sports under the Franco regime (1973–1977) who served as the seventh President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1980 to 2001. Samaranch served the second-longest term as the head of the IOC, the longest being that of Pierre de Coubertin (29 years).

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    Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

    Sat Jan 11, 2020, 01:29 AM

    5. Don't rock the boat

    but worse

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    Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

    Sat Jan 11, 2020, 06:37 AM

    6. Sad

    But, hardly a surprise. I don’t watch them in any event, but I know folks that enjoy sports and do. I would hope that the athletes who wish to make their point on issues find creative work arounds.

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    Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

    Sat Jan 11, 2020, 09:10 AM

    7. I think the Olympics should be non-political

    From the linked article:

    "When an individual makes their grievances, however legitimate, more important than the feelings of their competitors and the competition itself, the unity and harmony as well as the celebration of sport and human accomplishment are diminished," the guidelines read.

    The new rules still allow athletes to express their views on social media and in interviews and at press conferences, the new document states.


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    Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #7)

    Sat Jan 11, 2020, 09:44 AM

    8. How could the Olympics be non-political - they glorifies nationalism

    Which is the epitome of political.

    ETA - They just don't want the internal politics of any country brought into their glorification of nationalism of each country.

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    Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

    Sat Jan 11, 2020, 08:34 PM

    9. Heros...




    (Note that Peter Norman (silver medalist, left) from Australia also wears an wear Olympic Project for Human Rights badge in solidarity with Smith and Carlos.)

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    Response to reACTIONary (Reply #9)

    Sun Jan 12, 2020, 03:25 PM

    11. Smith and Carlos gave eulogies and were pallbearers at Norman's funeral

    I was very moved when I found that out.

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    Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #11)

    Sun Jan 12, 2020, 06:23 PM

    14. Thanks, I didn't know that....

    .... I always mention that he was in solidarity with their protest because some might interpret the picture differently. I will be sure to add that when I post the picture in the future.

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    Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

    Sat Jan 11, 2020, 09:25 PM

    10. The Olympics has taken several political positions

    In fact some athletes were banned because of the country they represented due to "political" decisions by the Olympics.

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    Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

    Sun Jan 12, 2020, 04:18 PM

    12. Forget it Jake, it's the IOC

    It's not that they even give a shit one way or the other -- The IOC's mind can be easily changed with a manila envelope under the table, assuming that it's fat enough.

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    Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

    Sun Jan 12, 2020, 04:53 PM

    13. I assume we wouldn't want any of our team wearing MAGA hats or anti-abortion stuff...

    ...so you gotta ban the good with the bad.
    I don't think it is the place for it.

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