US hammer thrower Gwen Berry (left) turned away while the national anthem played at the Olympic trials. Photo: AFP US hammer thrower Gwen Berry (left) turned away while the national anthem played at the Olympic trials. Photo: AFP
US hammer thrower Gwen Berry (left) turned away while the national anthem played at the Olympic trials. Photo: AFP

Tokyo Olympics: will activist athletes test the rules by protesting on podiums?

  • The International Olympic Committee remains opposed to any kind of protest on podiums but US athletes in particular are poised to make anti-racism statements
  • If athletes protest, it is unclear how they might be sanctioned, as the rules state only that disciplinary action will be ‘proportionate to the level of disruption’

Topic |   Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
US hammer thrower Gwen Berry (left) turned away while the national anthem played at the Olympic trials. Photo: AFP US hammer thrower Gwen Berry (left) turned away while the national anthem played at the Olympic trials. Photo: AFP
US hammer thrower Gwen Berry (left) turned away while the national anthem played at the Olympic trials. Photo: AFP
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