May 16, 2021

InterMat Wrestling – Raised fists, kneeling during anthem allowed at Olympic Team Trials


Wrestlers competing in this weekend’s Olympic Team Trials will not face sanctions from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee for raising their fists or kneeling during the national anthem.

The USOPC release a document outlining what “racial and social demonstrations” will and will not be allowed by athletes competing for spots on Team USA.

In addition to raising a first and kneeling during the anthem, other allowable forms of demonstration include wearing hats or face masks with phrases such as “Black Lives Matter” or words such as “equality” or “justice.”

Demonstrations not permitted include actions that would impede others from competing, such as lying down in the middle of a competition mat.


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