Abolish Rule 50 (part 1)

Abolish Rule 50

Abolish Rule 50.2 (Part 1 of the the Rule 50 series on http://www.derballluegtnicht.com)

In 2019, athlete protests brought attention to another polarizing issue about the Olympic Charter. Protests such as those by U.S. athletes Race Imboden and Gwen Berry, who showed solidarity with Colin Kaepernick’s and John Carlos/Tommie Smith’s political protests against racism and police violence at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, illustrate that the Olympic movement is internally divided on how to deal with political statements and actions.
The two athletes’ protests against racism and demands for social justice were timely, as there was a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas during the Pan Am Championships that killed twenty-three people, mostly Latinos.
Moreover, the two were protesting at a time when the U.S. was experiencing a rise in racist and xenophobic attacks and unchecked rhetoric that reached the highest levels of institutional power, the president of the United States. Following their protests, both athletes faced significant criticism from their governing body (see Draves, 2021). Athletically, they were placed on probation for one year after the competitions, a unique occurrence.

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Caster Semenya vs. IAAF

Ein Zeitstrahl


Die IAAF verpflichtet Läuferinnen mit intersexuellen Anlagen, einen Testosterongehalt von fünf Nanomol pro Liter Blut nicht zu überschreiten. Nach Angaben der IAAF soll ein Wettbewerbsvorteil verhindert werden. Um weiter an Wettkämpfen teilnehmen zu können, müssten sich Athletinnen wie die zweimalige Olympiasiegerin Semenya einer Hormontherapie unterziehen, um ihre Testosteronwerte zu senken. Sie lehnt dies ab und geht gegen die Entscheidung vor. Eine ausführliche Analyse zum Fall Semenya gibt es demnächst auf http://www.derballluegtnicht.com und http://www.derballluegtnicht.de

IOC President Thomas Bach answers question about athletes‘ representation at the Athletes Forum 2019


High Quality Download (for Reading) Bach Statement

An extensive article about rule 4O of the Olympic Charta and the decision of the German Cartel Office that changes need to be made to allow athletes to profit from the Games can be read here. The article is written in English and in parts written in note form. It was first published on www.derballluegtnicht.com .

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