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Senior Olympic chief Dick Pound rejects the idea of allowing podium protests after suggesting taking a knee would be 'inarticulate' IOC guidelines clarify banned protests include taking a knee and other gestures  Several sports have moved to allow protests in the wake of George Floyd's death  Pound, the longest-serving IOC member, has rejected idea of podium protests

By David Coverdale For Mailonline

Published: 23:35 BST, 10 September 2020 | Updated: 23:35 BST, 10 September 2020

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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

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.

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