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US Olympic Medalist Faces Discipline for Taking Knee After Winning Pan-Am Gold
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Sunday, 11 August 2019 12:54

Excerpt: "United States gold medal winning fencer Race Imboden will face possible sanctions for taking a knee during the medal ceremony at the Pan-Am Games, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) said on Saturday."

Race Imboden and Miles Chamley-Watson took a knee during the anthem ceremony at the Pharoah's Challenge men's foil fencing World Cup in 2017. (photo: Devin Manky/Getty Images)
Race Imboden and Miles Chamley-Watson took a knee during the anthem ceremony at the Pharoah's Challenge men's foil fencing World Cup in 2017. (photo: Devin Manky/Getty Images)


US Olympic Medalist Faces Discipline for Taking Knee After Winning Pan-Am Gold

By Guardian UK

11 August 19

 

nited States gold medal winning fencer Race Imboden will face possible sanctions for taking a knee during the medal ceremony at the Pan-Am Games, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) said on Saturday.

Part of the United States gold medal winning squad in the team foil event, Imboden dropped to one knee during Friday’s award’s ceremony as the US flag was raised in a political protest.

Imboden, a Tampa native and 2016 Olympic team event bronze medalist, later explained his actions on Twitter.

“We must call for change,” wrote Imboden. “This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan-Am Games, taking home gold and bronze.

“My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart. Racism, gun control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list.

“I chose to sacrifice my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change.”

Athletes taking a knee has become a way of protesting injustice in the United States.

The protest was first started in 2016 by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to draw attention to police shootings of unarmed black men.

Imboden’s gesture preceded a similar protest on Saturday by American hammer thrower Gwen Berry, who raised her fist at the end of the national anthem after winning gold.

“I love representing my country. America is a great country. It’s the best country in the world,” Berry told USA Today. “However, what we are standing for right now, it is complete and utter – it’s extreme injustice.”

Both protests contravened an agreement all athletes on the US team signed that states they will not “make remarks or release propaganda of political, religious or racial nature, or any other kind” during the Games.

“Every athlete competing at the 2019 Pan American Games commits to terms of eligibility, including to refrain from demonstrations that are political in nature,” USOPC spokesman Mark Jones to Reuters in a statement.

“In this case, Race didn’t adhere to the commitment he made to the organizing committee and the USOPC. We respect his rights to express his viewpoints, but we are disappointed that he chose not to honor his commitment.

“Our leadership are reviewing what consequences may result.”

The USOPC released the identical statement in response to Berry’s protest on Saturday.

It is unknown what discipline Imboden could face but could impact his chances of competing at next year’s Olympics, where protests of a political nature are also banned.

Imboden previously knelt during the anthem at a World Cup event in Egypt in 2017. His protest follows nine-times Olympic champion Carl Lewis branding US president Trump a “racist” and a “misogynist” during a press conference at the Games.

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+4 # Texas Aggie 2019-08-12 00:07
"we are disappointed that he chose not to honor his commitment."

What is disappointing is not the actions of this individual, but the actions of the inhuman POS who disregards the inhumanity that is being perpetrated on an hourly basis by the drumpf administration and the various agents of LE. Anyone who objects to Mr. Imoden's actions brings into question their decency and fitness to participate in society.
 
 
+4 # tedrey 2019-08-12 05:33
But isn't the anthem itself political in nature? Isn't that the very point, that USOPC permits the games to be politicized.
 
 
+4 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-08-12 08:11
Odd; I thought kneeling was primarily a religious statement, & the relation of religion & ethics is well-known. & who is responsible for the dictatorial Slavery-of-spee ch rule that ‘…all athletes on the US team signed that states they will not “make remarks or release propaganda of political, religious or racial nature, or any other kind” during the Games.
 
 
0 # ChrisCurrie 2019-08-12 15:56
Are those the same US Olympic Officials who chose to "look the other way" when they were made aware of hundreds of sexual abuse complaints against one of their doctors?
 
 
0 # RLF 2019-08-13 08:53
I'm so proud of these young athletes!
 
 
0 # yolanda.moses@ucr.edu 2019-08-13 18:33
I think these young athletes have a lot to teach the rest of us. They have the courage of their convictions, and a platform to let the world know that all is not well in our nation.