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IOC: Athletes at 2020 Olympics not allowed to kneel, make political hand gestures

The International Olympic Committee is letting athletes know ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Games which political protests will not be allowed.

The IOC released its guidelines on Thursday. They prohibit athletes from taking a knee, making hand gestures with a political meaning, and wearing armbands. Olympians will be allowed to share their political opinions on their social media accounts or during interviews with the media. Athletes who break the rules will receive disciplinary action from the IOC, a national Olympic body, and their sport's governing body, The Associated Press reports.

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News Posted By: theweek - Friday, 10 January, 2020