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The International Olympic Committee has announced strict new rules governing athlete protests for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Alyssa Naeher & Megan Rapinoe. October 4, 2018. (photo: Jamie Smed)

The governing body of the International Olympic Games announced new guidelines for athlete protests this week. The revised rules, which will impact the July 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, have explicitly forbidden “gestures of a political nature, like hand gestures or kneeling”.