Although long restricted by the International Olympic Committee, such protests to a limited extent are now permitted at competitions within the stadium.
Tokyo, Japan — The referee’s whistle rang and the British players glanced at each other and knelt down. The Chilean counterpart knelt on the Sapporo Dome and responded kindly.
An hour later, it was American and Swedish players in Tokyo who participated on Wednesday in an unprecedented unified gesture against racism by the Olympic team.
On the first day of the Tokyo Olympics, women’s soccer players were the first to showcase their activities using the Olympic platform.
Such protests within limited parameters, which have long been restricted by the International Olympic Committee, Currently allowed in the game In the stadium.
British players decided to perform the gestures featured in the British Women’s Super League club match last year at a team meeting before flying to Japan.
Unlike sports like the NFL, where players kneel during the national anthem, in soccer it happens just before kickoff.
It was 2016 when Colin Kaepernick first knelt down instead of standing between the national anthems while playing for San Francisco Fortinize.
Soccer used to avoid all forms of activity in the match. But after FIFA last year decided that European players would use the match to protest the racial injustice caused by the death of a black man George Floyd in Minneapolis by a white police officer. , Relaxed that policy.
FIFA has also applied common sense and instructed referees to allow players to view T-shirts with messages about racism that were previously banned in football.
The IOC allows gestures of activity only before or after the official start of an event at the Olympic Games, if permitted by the governing body of the sport.
The podium protests are still off limits, prohibiting repeated fists in black gloves by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
Tokyo Olympics: Women’s soccer team kneels, a new era of games
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