A consultation by the Olympic Athletes Commission with over 3,500 athletes representing 185 different National Olympic Committees and all 41 Olympic sports has received overwhelming support to keep politics off the field of play at this years Olympic Games in Tokyo .
The consultation process began in June 2020 to determine support for Rule 50 of the Olympic charter which prohibits - "political, religious or racial propaganda in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas" .
The consultation found that a clear majority of athletes believed it was not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views on the field of play (70% of respondents) or at official ceremonies (70% of respondents) or on the podium (67% of respondents) .
Chairperson of the Olympic Athletes Commission , Kirsty Coventry , who is a former double gold medalist at swimming said .. "A very clear majority of athletes said that it's not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views on the field of play, at the official ceremonies, or on the podium, and so our recommendation is to preserve (those places) from any kind of protests and demonstrations or acts perceived as such"
Examples of breaches of the rules have been published on the Olympic Athletes Commission website and includes political gestures such as - " kneeling , hand gestures , displaying political messaging on signs or armbands or refusal to follow the ceremonies"
On wednesday , the executive board of the International Olympic Committee gave its full backing to the Athletes Commission recommendations and will decide on what sanctions athletes could face for breach of the rules .