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US Olympic Athletes Will Be Allowed To Raise Fists & Kneel During National Anthem at Olympic Trials

The US Olympic committee has overturned a big rule in the community for the 2021 Summer Olympic games.

For many years, it has been frowned upon for athletes to share their social justice views in any form in their sport. However, this year, athletes will be allowed to do just that.

In a new document that was released this week, the IOC outlined new actions that are permitted during the games.

They include kneeling during the National Anthem and raising a fist at the starting line or on the podium. Tommie Smith and John Carlos famously raised their fists after winning medals during the 1968 games held in Mexico City.

Athletes who are competing in the Olympic trials will be allowed to wear hats or face coverings with phrases including “Black Lives Matter,” “Trans Lives Matter,” “equality” and “respect.”

Also permitted is “orally advocating for equity/equal rights for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, or other historically underrepresented, marginalized or minoritized populations.”

No hate speech is allowed, and anything beyond social justice demonstrations and the athlete would receive a sanction.

The 2021 Summer Olympics, to be held in Tokyo, were postponed last year because of the pandemic and are now expected to take place starting on July 23.

However, outside the athletes and coaches, these are the only people allowed to attend.

Tokyo Summer Olympics 2021 Announce Foreign Fans Will Not Be Allowed to Attend

The International Olympics Committee has made a big announcement regarding the upcoming 2021 Summer Olympics.

The IOC, the Japanese government, the Tokyo government, and the International Paralympic Committee announced on Saturday (March 20) that foreign spectators have been banned from the upcoming Olympics, which opens this July in Tokyo.

Officials said that the risk is too high to allow foreign ticket holders to attend the games amid the ongoing worldwide Coronavirus pandemic.

“In order to give clarity to ticket holders living overseas and to enable them to adjust their travel plans at this stage, the parties on the Japanese side have come to the conclusion that they will not be able to enter into Japan at the time of the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” the Tokyo organizing committee said in a statement via ESPN.

IOC president Thomas Bach called this a “difficult decision,” adding, “We have to take decisions that may need sacrifice from everybody.”

Organizers have already revealed that over 600,000 tickets have been sold to fans outside of Japan. They are all being promised a refund.

Originally, this summer’s Olympic games were supposed to take place last summer, but they were postponed because of the pandemic.

The 2021 Summer Olympics are now scheduled for July 23 to August 8, with the Paralympics running from August 24 to September 5.

Olympics Will Go On Despite Coronavirus in 2021, IOC Vice President Says

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games won’t be postponed again, IOC Vice President John Coates shared with press.

Despite the IOC President Yoshiro Mori for the Toyko Games saying that the game could be cancelled if the coronavirus pandemic is still a threat, Mr. Coates is saying the opposite.

“It will take place with or without COVID,” he shared during his interview. “The games will start on July 23 next year. The games were going to be, their theme, the Reconstruction Games after the devastation of the tsunami. Now very much these will be the games that conquered COVID, the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Originally scheduled to take place beginning in July, the 2020 Games were postponed by a year and are set to kick off in summer of 2021.

See the official new dates for the athletic games here…

Olympics Will Be Cancelled If Coronavirus Is Still a Problem in 2021

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan were postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic currently effecting numerous countries around the globe.

While they were supposed to take place beginning in July of this year, they have been officially postponed until the summer of 2021.

However, we’re now learning that if Coronavirus is still a global issue come next year, the games could be cancelled alltogether.

“The Olympics were canceled in the past for problems like war. We are fighting against an invisible enemy now,” Yoshiro Mori, the Tokyo 2020 president, said in a new interview (via People). “The Olympics would be much more valuable than any Olympics in the past if we could go ahead with them after winning this battle. We have to believe this otherwise our hard work and efforts will not be rewarded.”

He was then asked if Coronavirus was still a problem, would the games continue, and he said, “No. It will be canceled then.”

Summer Olympics 2020 Officially Rescheduled - See the New Dates

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan have officially been postponed until July 2021 and new dates have been revealed.

The new games will run from July 23, 2021 until August 8, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

“These new dates give the health authorities and all involved in the organization of the Games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption…” the organizers said in a statement. “The new dates, exactly one year after those originally planned for 2020, also have the added benefit that any disruption that the postponement will cause to the international sports calendar can be kept to a minimum, in the interests of the athletes and the (international federations). Additionally, they will provide sufficient time to finish the qualification process. The same heat mitigation measures as planned for 2020 will be implemented.”

Find out the six other times the Olympics have been cancelled or postponed.

2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo Postponed 1 Year

The 2020 Summer Olympics, which were originally scheduled to kick off on July 24 in Tokyo, Japan, have been officially postponed one year.

The announcement was made yesterday that the games would have to be postponed based on what is happening health-wise around the world.

Now, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo revealed he proposed a one year proposal to 2021, which was accepted.

“I proposed to postpone for about a year and (IOC) president [Thomas] Bach responded with 100% agreement,” the Prime Minister said.

Before this announcement was even made, two countries said they would not send athletes to the games if they were still held in 2020.

Summer 2020 Olympics in Tokyo Will Be Postponed, Official Reveals

Veteran International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound has revealed that the 2020 Summer Olympics, planned to take place in July and August in Tokyo, Japan, have officially been postponed due to the worldwide illness the world is currently facing.

“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Dick told USA Today. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”

“It will come in stages,” he said about plans going forward. “We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.” It’s unclear if the games will be postponed until 2021.

Canada and Australia pulled out of the Olympics this week due to the ongoing worldwide illness.

Earlier this month, organizers said it would still go on.