Protests and demonstrations banned at 2020 Tokyo Olympics as Rule 50 upheld

(CNN) The ban preventing athletes from protesting or demonstrating at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been upheld by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
In a statement released on Wednesday, the IOC said it had come to the decision to continue with the Rule 50 ban after a 10-month consultation process with over 3,500 athletes, who represent 185 different National Olympic Committees and all 41 Olympic Sports.
According to the survey: "A clear majority of athletes said that it is not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views on the field of play (70% of respondents), at official ceremonies (70% of respondents) or on the podium (67% of respondents)."
IOC President Thomas Bach, opens the Executive board meeting in April at the Olympic House.
"The goal of this wide outreach was to engage with athletes and hear their thoughts on existing and new opportunities to express their views at the Olympic Games as well as outside Games time," Kirsty Coventry, chair of the IOC Athletes' Commision, said.
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