IOC to open talks on protests

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS -

Amid a global wave of demon­stra­tions against racism, the IOC said it would open talks that could let ath­letes make stronger protests at the Olympic Games.

Only five months ago the Olympic body strength­ened its ban on po­lit­i­cal state­ments by spec­i­fy­ing that ges­tures such as tak­ing a knee or rais­ing a fist on a medal podium re­main pro­hib­ited.

But the IOC’s pub­lic stance eased slightly on Wed­nes­day when its pres­i­dent, Thomas Bach, said the in-house ath­lete com­mit­tee would “ex­plore dif­fer­ent ways” opin­ions could be ex­pressed dur­ing the games — while still “re­spect­ing the Olympic spirit.”

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