• Home
  • News
  • FINA announces ban on athlete protests on podium and pool deck at Tokyo Olympics

FINA announces ban on athlete protests on podium and pool deck at Tokyo Olympics

Sport Resolutions Logo

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has confirmed that all athlete protests are banned from the podium and pool deck during the Tokyo Olympics.

The IOC has previously relaxed the controversial Rule 50 which governs athlete protests at the Games so that athletes can now demonstrate when they are introduced to the crowd or leaving the call room. Podiums are banned from protest under Rule 50 and FINA has said “Athletes have the right to the privacy of the moment, to remain free of unnecessary distraction from the competition and preparation, with the pool deck remaining a sanctity for sport and nothing else. The pool deck is and must always remain a place of friendship and respect for the greater whole, not the individual. The same level of respect should be given to the podium. This moment celebrates the accomplishments of individuals/teams, their support teams, coaches, families and nations, who each and all deserve to cherish that moment without interference. It is a moment that commands respect and triumph for sporting results and should not be remembered by individual expression.”

FINA has said athletes can demonstrate in mixed zones, at press conferences, in interviews and on social media with the governing body previously warning Britain’s Duncan Scott and Australia’s Mack Horton when they refused to share a podium with China’s Sun Yang who was facing a doping charge and was later banned for the doping offence. The Athlete’s village, podium, opening and closing ceremonies are still off limits for demonstrations although many have called for a complete abolition of Rule 50.

The original article can be found here.

Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.


Legal Advisors

Copyright © LawInSport Limited 2010 - 2022. These pages contain general information only. Nothing in these pages constitutes legal advice. You should consult a suitably qualified lawyer on any specific legal problem or matter. The information provided here was accurate as of the day it was posted; however, the law may have changed since that date. This information is not intended to be, and should not be used as, a substitute for taking legal advice in any specific situation. LawInSport is not responsible for any actions taken or not taken on the basis of this information. Please refer to the full terms and conditions on our website.