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John Carlos and American Athletes Want to Change Olympic Rules on Freedom of Expression

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NEW YORK – June 28: At the Olympic Games, athletes do not have the right to express their political, religious, or racial opinions. A contested rule and that many consider outdated.

OLYMPIC GAMES – American sportsmen and the iconic John Carlos, excluded from the Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968 for raising his fist against racial segregation, called on the IOC to remove the rules prohibiting athletes from expressing their political, religious or race during the Games.

“Athletes will not be silenced any longer,” the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Athletes’ Council wrote on Saturday, June 27, so joined by John Carlos, who was kicked out of the Olympics after having raised his gloved fist in support of Black Power, with his compatriot Tommie Smith, on the podium of the 200 m.

“Carlos and Smith have risked everything to defend human rights and their convictions, and they continue to inspire each generation. It is time for the Olympic and Paralympic movements to honor their courage rather than denounce their actions, “urged the signatories.

“The International Olympic and Paralympic Committees cannot continue to punish or dismiss athletes who speak out in defense of what they believe in, especially when these convictions embody the objectives of Olympism,” it is still affirmed.

Consequently, the USOPC calls on sports bodies to “transparent collaboration” with athletes and groups of athletes.

The current rules of the International Olympic Committee prohibit any “political, religious or racial demonstration or propaganda” at the Games.

A New Line For the American Committee

The letter on Saturday was sent in a context of protests, in the United States and around the world, against social injustices after the tragic death of George Floyd, a month ago in Minneapolis. The 46-year-old black man did not survive his arrest after a white policeman pressed his knee to his neck for more than eight minutes.

On June 9, the USOPC announced that it would challenge the rules prohibiting athletes from demonstrating politically at the Olympics, after hearing testimony from dozens of them and their proposals to combat racism.

But this position seems relatively new. In 2019, hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden were again sanctioned by the USOPC after protesting racial injustice at the Pan American Games in Lima.

After the USOPC took a stand on the death of George Floyd, Gwen Berry had asked for an “apology” to his federation.

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131,402
1,184,901
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Brazil
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61,884
916,147
518,827
Russia
661,165
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428,978
222,504
India
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379,902
229,041
UK
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0
269,488
Spain
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28,368
0
268,815
Peru
292,004
10,045
182,097
99,862
Chile
284,541
5,920
249,247
29,374
Italy
240,961
34,818
191,083
15,060
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232,863
11,106
194,098
27,659
Mexico
231,770
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Pakistan
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108,642
Turkey
202,284
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176,965
20,152
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180,300
7,311
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81,999
83,218
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76,802
59,701
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1,926
66,442
84,909
Canada
104,643
8,637
68,217
27,789
Colombia
102,009
3,470
43,407
55,132
Qatar
97,897
118
86,597
11,182
China
83,537
4,634
78,487
416
Egypt
71,299
3,120
19,288
48,891
Sweden
69,692
5,370
0
64,322
Argentina
67,197
1,363
24,186
41,648
Belarus
62,698
405
48,738
13,555
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9,761
17,044
34,793
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4,639
28,032
26,797
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2,987
26,667
29,740
Iraq
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27,912
23,636
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0
44,222
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317
38,664
10,488
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359
38,390
9,110
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1,185
20,053
24,649
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26
39,429
4,855
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28,097
13,098
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188
25,533
16,853
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188
25,318
17,049
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1,492
22,209
11,445
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645
15,945
17,873
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1,201
9,764
23,262
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765
18,141
15,291
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32,022
807
16,041
15,174
Switzerland
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1,965
29,200
802
Romania
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1,687
19,363
6,696
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93
21,948
5,373
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324
17,547
9,176
Armenia
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459
15,036
11,163
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603
10,152
15,729
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1,738
23,364
387
Honduras
20,262
542
2,123
17,597
Guatemala
19,011
817
3,231
14,963
Japan
18,723
974
16,731
1,018
Azerbaijan
18,684
228
10,425
8,031
Ghana
18,134
117
13,550
4,467
Austria
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705
16,514
722
Moldova
17,150
560
9,846
6,744
Serbia
15,195
287
12,912
1,996
Algeria
14,657
928
10,342
3,387
Nepal
14,519
31
5,320
9,168
Morocco
12,969
229
9,090
3,650
S. Korea
12,904
282
11,684
938
Denmark
12,815
606
11,769
440
Cameroon
12,592
313
10,100
2,179
Czechia
12,116
353
7,821
3,942
Côte d'Ivoire
9,992
68
4,660
5,264
Sudan
9,573
602
4,606
4,365
Uzbekistan
9,078
27
6,034
3,017
Norway
8,902
251
8,138
513
Malaysia
8,643
121
8,437
85
Australia
8,001
104
7,090
807
Finland
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328
6,700
213
DRC
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176
2,317
4,696
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121
4,599
2,334
El Salvador
7,000
191
4,115
2,694
Kenya
6,941
152
2,109
4,680
Macedonia
6,625
321
2,748
3,556
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6,261
66
2,530
3,665
Venezuela
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54
1,649
4,359
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52
4,690
1,316
Haiti
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107
1,032
4,901
Ethiopia
5,846
103
2,430
3,313
Gabon
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42
2,508
2,963
Guinea
5,450
33
4,392
1,025
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5,154
232
2,722
2,200
Bosnia
4,788
189
2,515
2,084
Djibouti
4,715
55
4,564
96
Mauritania
4,606
129
1,727
2,750
French Guiana
4,444
16
1,680
2,748
Luxembourg
4,395
110
4,012
273
Hungary
4,166
587
2,721
858
Costa Rica
4,023
17
1,589
2,417
Central African Republic
3,788
47
810
2,931
Greece
3,458
192
1,374
1,892
Thailand
3,179
58
3,059
62
Palestine
3,080
8
460
2,612
Somalia
2,944
90
951
1,903
Croatia
2,912
110
2,155
647
Albania
2,662
69
1,559
1,034
Mayotte
2,650
35
2,341
274
Nicaragua
2,519
83
1,238
1,198
Madagascar
2,403
24
1,040
1,339
Maldives
2,400
10
1,969
421
Cuba
2,353
86
2,221
46
Paraguay
2,303
19
1,108
1,176
Mali
2,260
117
1,502
641
Sri Lanka
2,066
11
1,827
228
South Sudan
2,021
38
333
1,650
Equatorial Guinea
2,001
32
515
1,454
Estonia
1,990
69
1,842
79
Iceland
1,850
10
1,828
12
Lithuania
1,825
78
1,536
211
Lebanon
1,796
35
1,242
519
Slovakia
1,700
28
1,466
206
Guinea-Bissau
1,654
24
317
1,313
Slovenia
1,634
111
1,384
139
Zambia
1,632
30
1,348
254
New Zealand
1,530
22
1,490
18
Sierra Leone
1,518
60
1,007
451
Congo
1,382
41
486
855
Malawi
1,342
16
271
1,055
Cabo Verde
1,301
15
629
657
Hong Kong
1,243
7
1,120
116
Yemen
1,221
325
513
383
Benin
1,199
21
333
845
Tunisia
1,178
50
1,039
89
Jordan
1,136
9
889
238
Latvia
1,122
30
988
104
Niger
1,075
67
947
61
Rwanda
1,063
3
493
567
Cyprus
999
19
833
147
Burkina Faso
967
53
846
68
Uruguay
943
28
825
90
Georgia
939
15
817
107
Mozambique
918
6
249
663
Uganda
902
0
847
55
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
874
25
223
626
Swaziland
873
11
452
410
Chad
868
74
785
9
Andorra
855
52
799
4
Liberia
819
37
338
444
Sao Tome and Principe
717
13
260
444
Diamond Princess
712
13
651
48
Jamaica
707
10
555
142
San Marino
698
42
656
0
Malta
671
9
649
13
Togo
667
14
424
229
Zimbabwe
617
7
173
437
Montenegro
616
12
315
289
Channel Islands
571
47
512
12
Suriname
547
13
252
282
Réunion
531
2
472
57
Tanzania
509
21
183
305
Taiwan
448
7
438
3
Vietnam
355
0
336
19
Mauritius
341
10
330
1
Isle of Man
336
24
312
0
Angola
315
17
97
201
Syrian Arab Republic
312
9
113
190
Myanmar
304
6
223
75
Comoros
303
7
200
96
Namibia
293
0
24
269
Guyana
248
13
116
119
Martinique
242
14
98
130
Botswana
227
1
28
198
Mongolia
220
0
177
43
Eritrea
215
0
56
159
Cayman Islands
201
1
193
7
Faroe Islands
187
0
187
0
Guadeloupe
182
14
157
11
Gibraltar
178
0
176
2
Burundi
170
1
115
54
Bermuda
146
9
135
2
Cambodia
141
0
131
10
Brunei
141
3
138
0
Trinidad and Tobago
130
8
115
7
Monaco
106
4
95
7
Bahamas
104
11
89
4
Aruba
104
3
98
3
Barbados
97
7
90
0
Liechtenstein
82
1
81
0
Seychelles
81
0
11
70
Bhutan
77
0
50
27
Sint Maarten
77
15
62
0
Antigua and Barbuda
69
3
23
43
French Polynesia
62
0
60
2
Gambia
55
2
27
26
Macao
46
0
45
1
Saint Martin
43
3
37
3
Turks and Caicos Islands
42
2
11
29
Lesotho
35
0
11
24
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
29
0
29
0
Belize
28
2
18
8
Timor-Leste
24
0
24
0
Grenada
23
0
23
0
Curaçao
23
1
19
3
New Caledonia
21
0
21
0
Saint Lucia
19
0
19
0
Lao People's Democratic Republic
19
0
19
0
Fiji
18
0
18
0
Dominica
18
0
18
0
Saint Kitts and Nevis
15
0
15
0
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
13
0
13
0
Greenland
13
0
13
0
Holy See (Vatican City State)
12
0
12
0
Papua New Guinea
11
0
8
3
Montserrat
11
1
10
0
Western Sahara
10
1
8
1
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
7
British Virgin Islands
8
1
7
0
Caribbean Netherlands
7
0
7
0
St. Barth
6
0
6
0
Anguilla
3
0
3
0
Saint Pierre Miquelon
1
0
1
0
Updated on July 2, 2020 9:56 pm
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