Athletes who wear Black Lives Matter apparel at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will face repercussions.
Last month, The International Olympic Committee said athletes are not permitted to protest due to the committee’s stance against “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda.” Adding to this rule, the committee announced that BLM apparel will be banned. There will be no international fans at the summer games in Tokyo.
“The IOC is very concerned about the risk of politicisation of the athletes and the risk that athletes may be put under external pressure,” the group said in April. “It is important to protect athletes from the potential consequences of being placed in a position where they may be forced to take a public position on a particular domestic or international issue, regardless of their beliefs.”
While the committee has banned the verbatim phrase “Black Lives Matter” from being advertised or celebrated by athletes, other words like “peace,” “respect,” “solidarity,” “inclusion” and