Activist athletes ready to test Olympic rule book

Thomas Bach

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach gestures as he arrives at a meeting with Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto (not pictured) at the Tokyo 2020 headquarters in Tokyo on July 13, 2021.

Photo credit: Takashi Aoyama | AFP

What you need to know:

  • US sprinters Smith and Carlos faced the ultimate sanction for their black-gloved salute of defiance in 1968, expelled from the Games in disgrace and returning home to be greeted by widespread opprobrium.
  • It means that US athletes determined to use their platform to draw attention to racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd's murder last year are on a collision course with Olympic chiefs.

Los Angeles, United States


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