Podium protests in support of racial equality, will be punished at the upcoming olympic games.
No high-fives and now, no kneeling.
Podium protests in support of racial equality, will be outlawed at the upcoming olympic games.
So, no taking a knee or lifting a fist, for any athlete lucky enough to take home a medal.
The International Olympic Committee is maintaining its ban on athletes protests inside stadiums, at ceremonies, and on podiums.
It says it wants to keep politics, religion, and racial propaganda out of the games.
Calls to change the rule have ramped up in recent months.. on the back of the black lives matter movement.
The World Athletics President thinks that athletes should have the right to make gestures of political protest during the Games.
An IOC survey found that 70 per cent of athletes think its in-appropriate to protest insides stadiums and ceremonies.
“I would not want something to distract from my competition and take away from that. That is how I still feel today,”Kirsty Coventry, a former Olympic swimming champion for Zimbabwe, said in an online presentation.
But the main concern in Japan is the latest spike in covid-infections across the country, particularly in Osaka and Tokyo.
The Japanese government is considering a state of emergency, even though the olympics committee says it’s unrelated to the July games.
No cheering or protests, the preparation for the most tightly controlled Olympics is running ahead.
Williams loses first round at Wimbledon
There’s been a bit of drama on the court as the most prestigious tennis Grand Slam gets underway
Spectators filled the All England Club on Monday to watch the biggest tennis stars hit the court at Wimbledon.
After coming back from a lengthy break, Serena Williams lost in three sets to 24-year-old, Harmony Tan.
“When I saw the draw, I was really scared. I don’t know what to say, I’m so emotional now because she’s a superstar,” Tan says.
Tan took the first set 7-5, before Williams took over 6-1. Tan fought back to win a thrilling third set tie-breaker.
Despite her dramatic loss, the former world number one is brushing off retirement rumours.
Kyrgios spits at crowd
Meanwhile, in men’s singles, Aussie tennis star, Nick Kyrgios, caused a bit of a stir calling the chair umpire a “snitch” after she supposedly complained to the court umpire about his behaviour.
The 27-year-old will likely be up for a fine for also spitting towards a fan during the match.
Kyrgios says there was a lot of disrespect from the crowd, which is why he admitted to spitting towards a fan.
“I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owed that person anything,” he says.
Katerina Kostakos contributed to this report
Mike Riley steps down as referee chief
One of the biggest names in the referee world, Mike Riley, has confirmed he will be stepping down as head of the English League referees
After 13 years, Mike Riley has confirmed he will be stepping down from his role as managing director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).
The iconic referee leader will finish his role at the end of the 2022-23 season. Riley says he has enjoyed working in such a ‘dedicated group’.
The Premier League formally thanked Riley for his contributions and commitment over the last 13 years.
The search is now on to replace the top spot with Riley collaborating with the new team before officially stepping down.
Hero coach rescues U.S. swimmer at Olympic event
U.S. Swimming coach, Andrea Fuentes, has saved the life of an American Swimmer, Anita Alvarez, at the FINA World Championships
Fuentes dived into the pool to rescue unconscious Alvarez from the bottom after her Olympic qualifying event.
In a nightmare moment, the 25-year-old didn’t return for breath after her synchronised swimming event and instead began to sink.
In a split-moment decision, Coach Fuentes jumped into the pool to rescue her, after the lifeguards failed to act.
The young Olympic medalist was unconscious and not breathing but quickly received medical attention on the edge of the pool.
She was taken to hospital and is now reportedly in ‘good health’.
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