News : Protest against racism at Panamerica Games remains without punishment


News :

Protest against racism at Panamerica Games remains without punishment



Following their symbolic protests against racism in the United States at the Pan American Games in Lima, two US gold medalists have come off with a "reprimand" from the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC). This reports, among other things, "USA Today" and the "Huffington Post".

According to USOPC boss Sarah Hirshland in letters to both athletes "conciliatory" sounded and even praised them for their "decision to be active citizens" expressly praised. Nevertheless Hirshland threatened with tougher sanctions in case of similar incidents. Both are one year on probation.

Hammer thrower Gwen Berry had imitated the famous protest against racism by US sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico.

As the national anthem sounded, she raised her right fist and lowered her head. Fencer Race Imboden followed the professional footballer Colin Kaepernick with a knee protest at the medal ceremony for the team gold in the foil.


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