Tokyo Olympics Athletes Banned From Wearing BLM Apparel | 22 Words

Athletes partaking in the Tokyo Olympics will not be allowed to wear Black Lives Matter apparel at Games ceremonies this summer, officials have today confirmed.

Safe to say, there have been some strong reactions to the news online...

This comes just weeks after they announced a ban on athletes taking the knee.


The Tokyo Olympics, which are set to take place this summer after being canceled last year, announced last month that they will be prohibiting both the acts of taking the knee and raising a fist.

Since 2016, sportsmen and women across the globe have been taking a knee or raising a fist to show their solidarity with the fight against racism.


The movement, which was started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, was met with huge controversy and even cost Kaepernick his career.

However, athletes continued to protest.


Despite US Soccer threatening to disqualify any sports player who partook in the act, players from all over the world continued to take a stand.

So, when the Olympics' announced that they would be enforcing a ban on the symbolic act during this year's games...


It became a big talking point online.

Many were furious with the decision...

And even slammed the committee as racists.

However, on the other hand, many people have celebrated the move...

Pointing out that politics needs to be kept away from sport.

The IOC's Rule 50 forbids any kind of "demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda" in venues and any other Olympic area...


With the Games body concluding that the rule should be maintained following an athlete consultation, as per The Daily Mail.

But, despite the backlash, the IOC's Athletes' Commission chief, Kirsty Coventry, who led a review of the new rules, said the majority of athletes consulted were against any protests within the fields of play or the podiums.


"I would not want something to distract from my competition and take away from that. That is how I still feel today," Coventry, a former Olympic swimming champion for Zimbabwe, said in an online presentation.

The International Olympic Committee says it surveyed more than 3,500 athletes over the past year.


They say they found that seventy percent said it was "not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views" on the field of play or at the opening or closing ceremony.

And now, mere weeks on from that announcement...


The committee have come forward once more to further intensify their ban.

Officials today confirmed that athletes will be prohibited from wearing any Black Lives Matter apparel.


​This includes t-shirts, badges, hats, and jewellery.

​The committee is yet to comment further on their new ban.


The Tokyo Olympics are set to take place on Friday, July 23rd.