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Old 07-21-2021, 5:25pm   #1
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US women's soccer team kneels ahead of Olympic match after protest rules eased
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The U.S. women's national soccer team joined other countries in taking a knee at the opening matches of the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, the first demonstrations at the Games following updated guidance from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on acceptable forms of protest.

Megan Rapinoe et al. posing for the camera: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team warms up before a match against Sweden in Tokyo© Getty Images The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team warms up before a match against Sweden in Tokyo
The U.S. and Swedish squads gathered on the field before all 11 starters from both teams dropped to one knee at the sound of the referee's whistle to start the match.

The move has become a popular symbol among athletes to condemn racial injustice, especially in the wake of George Floyd's death last year and other police killings of Black individuals.

Yahoo Sports reported that the U.S. and Sweden team members knelt for 10 seconds as part of the previously planned demonstrations before rising and beginning the match, which took place two days ahead of the official Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony scheduled for Friday.

Members of the British and Chilean teams also knelt ahead of their match on Wednesday.

While the IOC had for years banned these types of protests from taking place at Olympic events, continued pushback resulted in the committee releasing new guidelines earlier this month that athletes may demonstrate through actions such as kneeling or fist-raising in specific settings, including on the field of play prior to the start of competition.

The IOC said athletes may also engage in forms of protest when speaking to members of the media, at team meetings, through social media platforms and other specified venues.

IOC Athletes' Commission Chair Kirsty Coventry said in a statement at the time that the "new guidelines are a result of our extensive consultation with the global athletes' community."

"While the guidelines offer new opportunities for athletes to express themselves prior to the competition, they preserve the competitions on the Field of Play, the ceremonies, the victory ceremonies and the Olympic Village," Coventry added. "This was the wish of a big majority of athletes in our global consultation."

U.S. captain Megan Rapinoe said following the team's opening match Wednesday that kneeling is "an opportunity for us to continue to use our voices and use our platforms to talk about the things that affect all of us intimately in different ways."

"We have people from Team USA, from all over the country, from all backgrounds, and people literally from all over the world for every other team," she said, according to The Associated Press. "So, I obviously encourage everyone to use that platform to the best of their ability to do the most good that they possibly can in the world, especially as all eyes are on Tokyo these next couple weeks."

The U.S. women's team went on to lose 3-0 to Sweden in a shocking upset as the Americans look to add to their collection of four Olympic gold medals, more than any other women's national team.


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Old 07-21-2021, 5:27pm   #2
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**** ‘em. Hope they lose early.


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**** them all with a cactus.
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NBC is going to eat the toad this year. Probably a vortex of BS with the delay and no fans, but this crap is contributing to the vortex. Sweden? That's like the whitiest of white
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Hope the rating crash n burn and funding dries up for these asshats. Let em see how ratings are on ESPN 8 "the ocho" .
The want equality in money, well your sports not as popular ya stupid bitch maybe learn some basics on how money works. Fuk all pro sports.
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once they come back to the US, they no doubt will go on tour, selling tickets to moms and dads and their little girls who want to be a soccer star too someday. except mom and dad won't be buying tickets with their hate of the US. "no dear, we are not going to pay money to watch them play soccer and disrespect our American flag. not on my watch. let's go to the park and just play instead.
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Too bad George Floyd can’t be brought back alive so Chauvin could knee him again on live TV.
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Yes, I expected it and didn't tune in.

I couldn't watch the Olympics last time because of all the commercial breaks. No way I can watch it now with woke athletes disrespecting the flag they are damn lucky to represent.
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They should have been banned and sent home,anyone that does that should be shot on site...USA USA USA USA USA USA USA
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Irrelevant twats. No biggie anyway. They lost (by a lot) in the first round to Sweden. If they cared more about their sport/profession other than making political statements, maybe they wouldn't suck so bad.

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Then today an AP story and their interviewee was Rapinoe. She's not even a starter on the team
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Yes, I expected it and didn't tune in.

I couldn't watch the Olympics last time because of all the commercial breaks. No way I can watch it now with woke athletes disrespecting the flag they are damn lucky to represent.
For me, it has been all of the "personal interest" crap over the last 10 or 15 years. I don't give a crap about how you learned about life on your grandparents' farm. It's basically unwatchable any more.
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I hope they never win a game. They don't represent the USA they represent the left wing commies.
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Then today an AP story and their interviewee was Rapinoe. She's not even a starter on the team
No, but she's the biggest loudmouth whiner on the team, which is what the MSM wants.
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Well they did lose to Sweden 0-3 so I guess there's that. At least they didn't get the chance to kneel during the National Anthem.
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Bwahahah

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Well they did lose to Sweden 0-3 so I guess there's that. At least they didn't get the chance to kneel during the National Anthem.
No...they did that at the start of the game. (Except for 3 of them).
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What are the odds there will be a Floyd balloon in the Macy's parade this year?
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