The statement called on national Olympic committees to support athletes “by guaranteeing that any athlete that peacefully protests in the spirit of Olympism will face no sanctions or punishment.”
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee put hammer thrower Gwen Berry on probation after she raised her fist on the medal stand at the Pan-American Games last year. Berry was an outspoken critic of the USOPC earlier this year when it made public shows of solidarity with Black athletes, suggesting the USOPC never reached out to her on the issue.
The USOPC has formed an athletes' group to look into ways to combat racism, which could include calling for changes in the rule known as Rule 50.
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