Protesting has become a fundamental thoroughfare across the planet in 2020. Now the IOC has said it is not welcome at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Vincent Yu
Patrick Blennerhassett
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Patrick Blennerhassett

Tokyo 2020: IOC protest ban flies in the face of Olympic spirit as protesting becomes a way of life

  • Rule 50 states athletes are not allowed to display any political messaging, signs, armbands, or raise fists or kneel, and will be subject to disciplinary action
  • In censoring athletes, the IOC is telling them to leave politics at home during a time when politics is invading living rooms across the planet

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Protesting has become a fundamental thoroughfare across the planet in 2020. Now the IOC has said it is not welcome at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Vincent Yu
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Patrick Blennerhassett

Patrick Blennerhassett

Patrick Blennerhassett is an award-winning Canadian journalist and four-time published author. He is a Jack Webster Fellowship winner and a British Columbia bestselling novelist. His work has been published in The Guardian, Reader's Digest, The Globe & Mail, Business Insider, MSN and his commentary has appeared on the BBC and the CBC.