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Australia 'Athletes shouldn't be silenced': Peris joins call for Olympic protest ban to go

07:51  30 june  2020
07:51  30 june  2020 Source:   theage.com.au

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Nova Peris , the first Indigenous Australian to win an Olympic gold medal, has joined the growing campaign to overturn the ban on protesting at the Games and called for the addition of a "black voice" to the Australian Olympic Committee's athletes commission. The emerging movement to abolish the

(Reuters) - John Carlos, one of the two American Olympians who famously gave the Black Power salute on the podium at the 1968 Mexico Games, is leading a call for rules banning athlete protests at the " Athletes will no longer be silenced ," read the letter signed by Carlos and the U.S. Olympic

The first Indigenous Australian to win Olympic gold is behind the campaign to scrap the IOC's Rule 50 and wants a © AAP Image/David Moir The first Indigenous Australian to win Olympic gold is behind the campaign to scrap the IOC's Rule 50 and wants a "black voice" on the AOC's athletes commission. Nova Peris, the first Indigenous Australian to win an Olympic gold medal, has joined the growing campaign to overturn the ban on protesting at the Games and called for the addition of a "black voice" to the Australian Olympic Committee's athletes commission.

The emerging movement to abolish the International Olympic Committee's contentious Rule 50, which outlaws political messaging and gestures such as kneeling against racism, is gaining fresh momentum with American John Carlos putting his name to a letter sent by US athletes to the IOC urging change.

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The renowned Olympic protester has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes , calling on the They were sent home for violating rules that ban such protests . Those rules remain in place today '' Athletes will no longer be silenced ,'' the letter said. ''We are now at a crossroads.

' Athletes will no longer be silenced ': Olympic , Paralympic athletes call for policy change. Specifically, the document referred to signs, armbands, hand gestures and kneeling as banned forms of protests , likely a reference to Tommie Smith and John Carlos wearing gloves and raising fists on the

Carlos's black power salute with compatriot Tommie Smith on the podium in Mexico City in 1968 is one of the Olympics' defining images and also featured Australian Peter Norman, who won silver behind Smith in the 200 metres and wore a badge in support of the two Americans.

The AOC athletes commission, led by Beijing pole vault gold medallist Steve Hooker, is canvassing the views of Australian athletes about the rule ahead of Tokyo 2021 and met with members of the AOC's Indigenous advisory committee last Friday.

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The renowned Olympic protester has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes , calling They were sent home for violating rules that ban such protests . Those rules remain in place today, though in “ Athletes will no longer be silenced ,” the letter said. “We are now at a crossroads.

John Carlos, one of the two American Olympians who famously gave the Black Power salute on the podium at the 1968 Mexico Games, is leading a call for rules banning athlete protests at the “ Athletes will no longer be silenced ,” read the letter signed by Carlos and the U.S. Olympic and

Peris, a member of that committee, is adamant "athletes shouldn't be made to be silent".

"We're not just jumping on the American bandwagon. We as Aboriginal people still suffer systemic racism in this country," she said. "That's why people took to the streets [for the Black Lives Matter protests].

"As the first torchbearer [before the Sydney Olympics] I ran bare-footed because I wanted to tell the world about Aboriginal Australia but I also wanted to tell the world that there's a history of injustices here. That's why I ran with no shoes on."

While the AOC now has an Indigenous advisory group, chaired by former sprinter Patrick Johnson and including Peris, ex-hurdler Kyle Vander-Kuyp, boxer Brad Hore, former basketballer Danny Morseu and water polo player Nathan Thomas, there has not been an Indigenous presence on its 11-member athletes commission.

It is an elected body comprising athletes from the previous two Olympics such as Cate Campbell and Jessica Fox as well as Oarsome Foursome gold medallist James Tomkins, who sits on it because he a member of the IOC's athletes commission. The subject of having Aboriginal representation on the AOC commission was discussed last Friday when Hooker and Tomkins spoke to members of the Indigenous advisory committee and Peris says it "should be absolutely mandated".

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John Carlos, one of the two American Olympians who famously gave the Black Power salute on the podium at the 1968 Mexico Games, is leading a call for rules banning athlete protests at the " Athletes will no longer be silenced ," read the letter signed by Carlos and the U.S. Olympic and

Olympic protestor John Carlos co-authored a letter with an influential American athletes ' group calling on the IOC to abolish the rule that bans protests Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States.

"I can tell you now that a few of us were contacted [about Rule 50] ... Steve Hooker, who's on that commission, reached out and said 'how can we support you? What can we say?'" said Peris, who is involved with the AOC in the formation of a reconciliation action plan for the organisation.

"Well, if you had a black voice on there you wouldn't have to be reaching out and saying 'how do we stand for humanity?'. If you're going to be serious about human equality you need to have a representation of people to have a lived experience of what it means to be looked at through the eyes of inequality."

For the AOC, the addition of a permanent Indigenous commission member may require the seat to sit outside voting, or be voted on separately, but there is an openness at its Circular Quay headquarters to the idea.

AOC president John Coates, who changed the organisation's constitution in 2015 to recognise Australia's first people, said Hooker had immediately sought the opinion of those on its Indigenous advisory committee as he set out to form an athletes' position on Rule 50.

"You couldn't be more inclusive than that," he said.

Coates awarded the late Norman the AOC's highest honour - the Order of Merit - in 2018 but favours the Olympic podium remaining free of acts of protest.

"Racism is abhorrent to me but I think there is a case for respecting the solemnity of the medal ceremonies," he said.

"I'd like to find some way, and that's the task of the athletes commission, to raise these issues but still respecting the solemnity of the ceremony. But it won't be John Coates who determines what the AOC athletes commission says. It will be them."

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