IOC Bans Political Statements from Athletes During 2008 Beijing Games

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 6. THE International Olympic Committee recently released a clarification to its protest rules within the IOC's code of conduct for athletes, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The AP is reporting that the new "rule states ‘no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.'"

The AP goes on to report that "the letter expanded on the rule, saying: ‘The conduct of participants at all sites, areas and venues includes all actions, reactions, attitudes or manifestations of any kind by a person or group of persons, including but not limited to their look, external appearance, clothing, gestures, and written or oral statements.'"

Overall, the IOC is making a push to keep the Olympics a politics-free zone.

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