Tokyo Olympics officials confirmed that athletes will not be allowed to wear Black Lives Matter apparel at the Games ceremonies this year. This comes two weeks after it was revealed that protests or demonstrations, including kneeling, would also be banned.
Officials added that BLM slogans will be allowed at press conferences, during interviews, and at team meetings. Athletes that ignore the rules could be subject to punishment, and IOC Athletes' Commission chief Kirsty Coventry addressed the situation in a statement.
"A very clear majority of athletes said that they think it's not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views on the field of play, at the official ceremonies or at the podium. So our recommendation is to preserve the podium, field of play and official ceremonies from any kind of protest or demonstrations or acts perceived as such."