The voices calling for the abolition of the rule 50 of the Olympic Charter, are increasing. On Saturday, the athletes Advisory Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic committees of the United States published a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), in which the immediate abolition of the rule is called for, the athletes, political Protest in the Arena prohibits. Instead, a new strategy should be developed that protect the freedom of expression of athletes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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The letter was co-authored with John Carlos, the 1968 Mexico city bronze medal in the 200-meters, won the Sprint, and then together with the Olympic champion Tommie Smith protested. Both stretched out of solidarity with the civil rights movement and against the deprivation of the African-American population in the United States, a gloved fist up and were then excluded from the American Olympic team.
"let the athletes will no longer be silenced," reads the letter. "We are at a crossroads. IOC and IPC can no longer take the strategy to punish athletes or exclude, which would, in what they stand for, especially if these Beliefs are the expression of the goals of Olympism.“ The officials of the sports federations "have to take the responsibility of transparent cooperation with the athlete and athlete groups (including independent athletes groups)", the "future of the athletes make votes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games" re.Updated Date: 28 June 2020, 09:19