The International Olympic Committee (IOC) published guidelines in January banning any form of protest at the Tokyo Games – including taking a knee, raising a fist or refusing to follow protocol at medal ceremonies – and confirmed to Telegraph Sport on Tuesday that “the guidelines are still in place”.
Now, before you prepare to fly to Tok…no, wait, we can’t do that these days.
But before you choose to call the IOC’s decision stupid (or something close to it), remember that the IOC has consistently affirmed that the Olympics must be above political taint; instead, they are mere opportunities for athletes to gather for the fun and love of sport.
(Insert laugh track here.)
Okay, now you may tell the IOC exactly what you think.