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Two U.S. athletes were given a year of probation by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) for staging protests while on the podium at the Pan American Games earlier this month, letters sent Tuesday revealed.
Hammer thrower Gwen Berry raised her fist and fencer Race Imboden took a knee while on the medal stand last week in Lima, Peru. All athletes at the Pan American Games and the Olympics agree to rules forbidding political protest.
The article goes on to state the following:
The committee also warned other athletes that future protests could face more serious consequences.
Two US athletes put on probation for public protests at the Pan-Am Games. Committee warns future penalties will get tougher. https://t.co/nJL4crsrd6
— Ryan Elijah (@ryanelijah) August 21, 2019
— Randy Travis (@RandyTravisFox5) August 21, 2019
Told y’all the IOC would do something here. But, I got a ? since 12 months is a 1 year suspension, how are they eligible for the 2020 Olympics July 24th-August 9th? US fencer punished for kneeling on podium at Pan Am Games, other athletes warned | Fox News https://t.co/8FQ8Q2e7hx
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