The American, criticized at home by the Republicans, crossed her arms yesterday on the podium in solidarity with the LGBT movement and “all those who are oppressed”
In the usual daily briefing, the IOC in the morning refused to specify whether it intends to sanction the American Raven Saunders, who yesterday on the podium of the women’s weight crossed her arms in solidarity with the LGBT movement “and all those who are oppressed”. “We are in contact with the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee – a spokesman for the IOC said today -, and with the world athletics federation. We want to study the dossier, because we need to understand precisely what happened”.
Saunders, against whom the Republicans have attacked at home, risks disciplinary action for the protest staged on the Olympic podium, the first of the Tokyo Games. The 25-year-old crossed her arms to X explaining that she wanted to represent “people all over the world who are fighting and don’t have the stage to speak for themselves”. The Saunders protest is the first since the new rules of the International Olympic Committee were introduced that prohibit protests of any kind on the podium.
The IOC only allows peaceful protests before the competition. The guidelines state that the disciplinary consequences for protests will be “proportionate to the level of disruption and the degree to which the infringement is not compatible with Olympic values.” However, it is difficult for the IOC to use a heavy hand against protesting athletes, aware of the possible media backlash that any sanction would follow.
August 2, 2021 (change August 2, 2021 | 12:27)
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