According to a report produced by Reuters, athletes will be banned from demonstrating any form of ‘political, religious or racial propaganda’ at the 2020 (now 2021) Olympic Games in Tokyo and beyond.

The ban comes after a ruling by the International Olympic Committee this week, which will prevent athletes from kneeling or raising their fists in the air when receiving their medals.

However, there have been calls to overturn the ruling, after the recent rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.

What’s the full ruling?

According to the Reuters report, Rule 50 of the International Olympic Committee now states that there will be absolutely no ‘demonstration of political, religious or racial propaganda’ at the Olympic Games, at event venues, and at any other Olympic sanctioned areas.


However, there has been some opposition to this new ruling, with some suggesting that Olympians should be allowed to make their feelings known on certain political issues.

Yet, the committee has stood by their ruling, with Kirsty Coventry, the chief of the IOC’s Athletes Commission, explaining why the majority of Olympians have approved this ruling.

She claims that, as a former Olympic swimming champion herself, she would not want issues outside of the realm of sport to take away from the competition on display.

However, the committee is still open to social change.

Other changes?

That’s right.

The IOC decided on some social changes in order to commit to the fight of ending discrimination in sport.


The major change involves tweaking the wording of the Olympic oath that all athletes declare before the games.

This comes after the President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Yoshiro Mori, made a sexist remark last month regarding expanding the council to include more women.

He stated that this idea would only work if the council restricted the speaking allowed for the women who wanted to contribute.

He later resigned from his position after international backlash.

However, the new Olympic oath has been tweaked to include messages of inclusion and solidarity, alongside a commitment to stamping out discrimination in sport.

When asked if athletes will face punishment for disobeying the new rulings, Coventry simply replied with a straightforward ‘yes.’