Olympics can’t be ‘marketplace of demonstrations’


Olympics can’t be ‘marketplace of demonstrations’

IOC chief Thomas Bach defends rule banning protests by athletes

IOC president Thomas Bach has warned against political protests at the Games. (AFP Photo)

LONDON: Olympic chief Thomas Bach warned against allowing the Games to “descend into a marketplace of demonstrations” on Saturday after criticism of a rule banning protests by athletes.

The International Olympic Committee president has come under fire for the ruling, announced in a year which has seen widespread support by athletes for the Black Lives Matter movement.

But Bach, who won a team fencing gold medal at the 1976 Olympics, said he had learned first-hand about the “political impotence of sport” when West Germany boycotted the 1980 Games over the…

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