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The International Olympics Committee has announced athletes will be banned from expressing political statements including wearing Black Lives Matter merchandise – a move that has Twitter erupting.
The IOC have had a long standing rule – the Rule 50 ban – which prohibits “demonstrational or political, religious or racial propaganda", however that rule will now also include Black Lives Matter apparel.
The committee had been deliberating over whether keep to the rule but after consulting around 3,500 athletes, 70 per cent said political demonstrations were not appropriate at the games.
The announcement has social media reacting to whether this was the right move.
"I'm a BLM supporter, but imagine if everyone went to the Olympics to do politics. Imagine every country airing their political problems. It would stop being about sports. That's what the United Nations is for,” one Twitter user wrote.
"Athletes should just boycott....this is violation of free speech...they are not employees of the Olympics,” another said.
There is no word on whether athletes will be punished if they break the rule.
Tell you what else I am sick of, is the opinions of random Twitter users being used in news articles....
originally posted by: IAMALLYETALLIAM
I actually quite enjoy watching the Olympics when they roll around and can't wait this year to see break dancing and skateboarding!
originally posted by: Bunch
a reply to: IAMALLYETALLIAM
Imma save this thread for later when the eventual MAGA supporter brings out the hat/flag during competition and eventually gets banned to see you all reactions to it...lol