Is the world beginning to reject the Black Lives Matter social justice movement?
The International Olympics Committee published new rules ahead of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, prohibiting athletes from wearing clothing associated with BLM, the group that was at the forefront of many protests-turned-riots during the George Floyd demonstrations of last summer.
Under new rules, the term “Black Lives Matter” is officially banned from Olympic athletes’ apparel, said the Washington Examiner.
The policy “is part of the IOC’s long-standing ban on ‘demonstration or political, religious, or racial propaganda’ on the playing field, the medal stand or during the Games’ official ceremonies,” according to reports.
However, words including “peace,” “respect,” “solidarity,” “inclusion,” and “equality,” will still be permitted on their clothing.
Any athlete who violates the rule could be penalized and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The IOC says their decision is based on a survey that shows most athletes favor a ban on politicizing the games.
“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,” Kirsty Coventry, Chief of IOC Athletes’ Commission, said according to Breitbart.
“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,” she added.
Although American sports teams seem to be obsessed with the idea that athletes must show their political allegiance to a cause whether by kneeling for the National Anthem, wearing BLM clothing, or other acts of demonstration, the IOC is wholly rejecting virtue signaling.
Hopefully, the Olympics’ new policy will have a trickledown effect on the woke NFL and NBA who force their political beliefs on spectators, regardless of what fans want.