The footballers from Great Britain and Chile kicked off the tournament by kneeling in Sapporo
Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the name of rights. This was demonstrated by the first match of the women’s soccer tournament: the players from Great Britain and Chile knelt before the match, played in Sapporo. The British team, as already happened in England and Wales at the last European football championships, had confirmed that it would implement this gesture, now an unmistakable sign of the fight in favor of black rights, since the Black Lives Matter movement made it a own universal gesture.
This was made possible by the opening of the IOC to some events in derogation from Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter. The IOC, in fact, had for some weeks made Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter less peremptory (“No type of political, religious or racial demonstration or propaganda is allowed in any Olympic site, venue or other areas”) precisely to allow similar demonstrations, with intentions of integration, in some areas of the playing field.
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