Commonwealth Games – podium protests permitted

  • Medallists can show support for Black Lives Matter and LGBT+
  • Protests subject to guidelines as hate gestures are forbidden

The 4,500 athletes expected in Birmingham this summer will also be permitted to wear clothing, armbands and badges on the podium to support social justice causes under radical new “guiding principles” for athlete advocacy due to be announced on Tuesday. …


I’d call this radical — but progress. Homosexuality is still illegal in 36 of the 72 nations that will compete in Birmingham, for example. That should change sooner than later.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos 1968 Olympics – protesting racial injustice in America

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Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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