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Para-athletes forbidden to campaign on podium

medial podium at the Tokyo 2020 games
medial podium at the Tokyo 2020 games Image credit:

Para-athletes have been told they cannot campaign for social justice on the medial podium at the Tokyo Paralympics.

A similar guideline has been put into place for the Olympics.

Athletes are permitted to use their voices backing campaigns at the games, but they must not make any form of demonstration or protest when they are on the podium.

Competitors can express views, including political statements, on social media, in the International Broadcasting Centre and the Main Media Centre.

"The exercise came at a critical time for the athlete community, where the voices of para-athletes have been incredibly influential in sparking and shifting the dialogue on social injustices faced by fellow citizens of the world,"  said International Paralympic Committee (IPC) athletes' council chairperson Chelsey Gotell.

"We have worked to balance the perspectives - developing new opportunities to give athletes a platform while respecting the outcomes to protect the podium and field of play.”

Tokyo is the first city to host the Paralympic Games for a second time.