Brendan Schwab: Embedding athlete rights - not censorship and scripting - the only way forward for the Olympic Movement

Brendan Schwab

On the advice of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes' Commission, the IOC Executive Board last week resolved to continue to censor athletes who participate in peaceful protest at the Olympic Games, especially in the most powerful spaces of the podium and the arena. Patronisingly, the censorship is now coupled with scripting, with the IOC endorsing the use of the words, "peace, respect, solidarity, inclusion and equality."