The president of the International Olympic Committee has warned athletes against political protests at the upcoming Tokyo games, calling on them to avoid "divisive" statements that could overshadow the world's biggest sporting event.
Thomas Bach told the Financial Times that the games, which begin next Friday, would be "by far the most complex and most difficult ever," having been delayed a year due to the pandemic and only taking place with strict coronavirus-related restrictions. "The podium and the medal ceremonies are not made ... for a political or other demonstration," Bach said. "They are made to honour the athletes and the medal winners for sporting achievement and not for their private views."
The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled for July 23-August 8. Only 26 races will be held with spectators. Fans will not be able to watch the remaining 724 sporting events live.