British athletes are unlikely to face sanctions from the BOA if they take a knee at the Olympics… as dozens of stars get set to defy IOC’s restrictions over protests in Tokyo
British athletes who take a knee at the Olympics are unlikely to be punished by their own governing body.
The International Olympic Committee last month vowed to uphold their rule which bans athletes from protesting at ceremonies, in competition and on the podium. Dozens of athletes, however, are set to defy the restriction.
Although the British Olympic Authority (BOA) said they had reminded their athletes of the rule, it is widely viewed it would be inconceivable for them to punish anyone for making the gesture.
Team GB athlete Adam Gemili has voiced his intention to take a knee on the podium in Tokyo
On Thursday, sprinter Adam Gemili voiced his intention to take a knee should he make the podium.
It remains unclear what sanctions an athlete would face if they fall foul of the IOC rule.
A BOA spokesperson said: ‘Event organisers need to find appropriate ways for athletes to be advocates for causes about which they feel strongly.’
British athletes who choose to take a knee at the Games are unlikely to be punished by the BOA