In this day and age, it’s unusual to watch a sporting event without some kind of political comment being made.
A football game used to be all about football, but now it’s become a stage for any big ego to come out and make a flashy political statement in order to gain attention.
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It all started with Colin Kaepernick, and it’s now grown into its own beast, with the Major League Baseball team deciding to leave Atlanta due to voter registration rules.
However, it seems that at least some of the political bluster will come to an end with one event: the Olympics.
That’s right, the most watched sporting event on the planet just turned its back on BLM.
According to new rules published by the International Olympic Committee, competitors will not be able to wear “Black Lives Matter” clothing during ceremonies at the forthcoming Tokyo Olympic Games (IOC).
Last month, the IOC announced new regulatory reforms, including the prohibition of political protests on the playing field. According to TMZ Sports, IOC officials have since stated that the rules prohibit the use of Black Lives Matter imagery, logos, clothing, slogans, or advocacy.
Partisan activism and sloganeering would also be prohibited during official ceremonies and on the winner’s podium.
However, Olympians are not prohibited from participating in other forms of activism. During team meetings, interviews, and press conferences, contestants will be able to use BLM slogans.
The IOC said that the ban on athlete activism was enacted after a survey showed that a “majority” of the 3,500 athletes surveyed supported it.
“A large number of athletes believe it is inappropriate to demonstrate or share their opinions on the field of play, at official ceremonies, or on the podium,” said Kirsty Coventry, head of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.
The Olympics, in reality, have said no to all politics, not just BLM.
This is a movement that I believe more people will embrace.
Is it possible to accuse them? Only take a peek at the scores for political sporting events. They’ve been to the bathroom. The NBA is on the verge of collapsing, thanks to players like LeBron James who are attempting to carve out a “SJW” identity for themselves while also undermining the league’s brand.
The Olympics are unlikely to follow in the footsteps of the previous failure.
People watch sports to watch SPORTS, not to get their social consciousness spoon-fed to them by some ding-a-ling athlete.