Taking a knee is set to be outlawed at the Tokyo Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved a recommendation from its own Athletes’ Commission to curtail the right to protest on the field of play.

Two thirds of respondents to a survey relating to a potential change of the IOC’s Rule 50, which bans demonstrations of “political, religious or racial propaganda” on Olympic sites, said they did not feel such protests were appropriate.

Athletes’ Commission chair Kirsty Coventry said: “A very clear majority of athletes said that it’s not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views on the field of play, at the official ceremonies, or on the podium, and so our recommendation is to preserve (those places) from any kind of protests and demonstrations or acts perceived as such.”

A total of 3,547 athletes representing 185 countries and 41 sports responded to the survey, as part of a 10-month consultation process initiated by the widespread social and racial justice movements in the United States.

Coventry said the recommendation—which IOC president Thomas Bach confirmed had been “unanimously approved”—would now be passed to the IOC’s legal affairs commission in order to consider the range of potential sanctions against those who fail to adhere to the rule.

Coventry added: “We are asking the legal affairs commission to come up with a proportionate range of different sanctions, so that everyone knows going into a Games what they can and can’t do. It’s up to (them) to give the Athletes’ Commission guidance on proportionality.”


Jereem “The Dream” Richards seized bronze in the men’s 200 metres event at the USA Track & Field (USATF) Golden Games in California, USA, yesterday. Richards completed the half-lap race in 20.20 seconds to finish behind Americans Noah Lyles (19.90) and Kenny Bednarek (19.94).

Former Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board CEO Suruj Ragoonath said that the development of upcoming athletes has taken a big hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic and that could prove to be a huge challenge for the sporting organisations to deal with in years to come.

Trinidad and Tobago’s men’s beach soccer team continues to show improvement during a series of warm-up matches against their world-class Paraguay counterparts.

Chris Gayle is the only West Indies player yet to return to the Caribbean following the suspension of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament last week.