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Athlete protests remain banned at Olympics based on survey results, IOC says – ESPN

Athlete protests and political messages will remain banned at the Olympics, the IOC said Wednesday.

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Athlete protests and political messages will remain banned at the Olympics, the IOC said Wednesday, after a survey found that a majority of competitors were in favor of keeping the ban in place.
That means raising a fist on the podium — as American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos famously did at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics — or taking a knee would still risk punishment at the Tokyo Games this year.
The IOC said that it surveyed more than 3,500 athletes over the…

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