Tokyo Olympic Social Media Teams Barred From Posting Photos Of Protesting Athletes: Report

Tokyo Olympic Social Media Teams Barred From Posting Photos Of Protesting Athletes: Report


Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers have reportedly banned the Games’ social media teams from posting photos of athletes taking a knee or engaging in other forms of political protest on official Tokyo 2020 social media accounts.

The directive was issued Tuesday, according to a report from the Guardian, as was specifically designed to keep images of the British women’s soccer team off the Games’ social media accounts, after Team GB pledged to “take a knee” in support of several black members of the UK’s men’s soccer team, who were hit with racial abuse online after missing penalty kicks in the European championships.

“An insider said the message was delivered from on high on Tuesday evening Tokyo time, with a specific reference to Team GB’s women’s first football match against Chile, just hours before it kicked off in Sapporo on Wednesday,” The Guardian reported Wednesday.

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“The image of both teams taking the knee beforehand, in a protest against racism and online hate, was seen

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