By David Coverdale For Mailonline
Published: 23:35 BST, 10 September 2020 | Updated: 23:35 BST, 10 September 2020
A senior Olympic chief has risked a backlash from black athletes after suggesting taking a knee on a podium would be 'inarticulate' and that rules on protests should not be changed.
Rule 50 of the Olympic charter states that 'no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas'.
In January, the International Olympic Committee also clarified that 'kneeling' or 'hand gestures' at medal ceremonies were banned and could lead to disciplinary action.
Several sports have moved to allow protests in the wake of George Floyd's death
However, in the wake of George Floyd's death in the summer, the IOC asked their athletes' commission to consult with athlete groups to 'explore different ways' for Olympians to express their views ahead of the Tokyo Games.