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(Reuters) – U.S. athletes Race Imboden and Gwen Berry have been placed on probation for 12 months for their political protests at the Pan Am Games, USA Today reported on Tuesday.
Fencer Imboden took a knee and hammer thrower Berry raised her fist when the U.S. national anthem played during their medal ceremonies earlier this month, violating an agreement U.S. athletes sign before competing internationally.
The article goes on to state the following:
The probation means both athletes will still be eligible to compete at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
“It is also important for me to point out that, going forward, issuing a reprimand to other athletes in a similar instance is insufficient,” Sarah Hirshland, CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, wrote in the letters, according to The Associated Press, who obtained copies of the documents.
“We recognize that we must more clearly define for Team USA athletes what a breach of these rules will mean in the future,” Hirshland reportedly continued. “Working with the (athletes and national governing body councils), we are committed to more explicitly defining what the consequences will be for members of Team USA who protest at future Games.”
US Olympic officials give 12 months of probation to hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden for their Pan Am Games protests.
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