Carlos, US athletes take stand to end Olympic protest rule

Posted at 2:17 PM, Jun 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-27 15:17:29-04

DENVER — Renowned Olympic protester John Carlos has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes.

They want the IOC to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics.

Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States. They were sent home for violating rules that ban such protests.

Those rules remain in place.

But in the wake of global demonstrations against racial injustice, the IOC has recently expressed willingness to rethink them.

The letter from Carlos and the U.S. athletes calls for a new rule to be written that will include input from athletes across the globe.