Competitors who protest at Tokyo 2020 could face disciplinary action under IOC Athletes’ Commission guidelines

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Athletes who protest at Tokyo 2020 have been threatened with possible disciplinary action under Rule 50 guidelines developed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission.

It is the first time the IOC Athletes’ Commission has established specific guidelines on Rule 50 – which states that “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas” – for competitors at the Olympic Games.

The document, published following a joint meeting of the IOC Executive Board and the Athletes’ Commission, prohibits protests and demonstrations at “all Olympic venues”, including medal ceremonies, the field of play and the Olympic Village.

The rules come in response to protests from athletes at major sports events last year, including the Pan American Games in Lima and the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju.

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