Athletes permitted to protest on the podium at Commonwealth Games


  • Medallists can show support for Black Lives Matter and LGBT+
  • Protests subject to guidelines as hate gestures are forbidden

Athletes at the Commonwealth Games this year will be allowed to raise a fist on the podium to protest in favour of racial equality, and wave Pride flags in support of LGBT+ rights during victory laps, the Guardian has learned.

The 4,500 athletes expected in Birmingham this summer will also be permitted to wear clothing, armbands and badges on the podium to support social justice causes under radical new “guiding principles” for athlete advocacy due to be announced on Tuesday.

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Written by Sean Ingle
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