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Two U.S. athletes were given a year's test by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) for organizing protests while on the podium at the Pan-American Games earlier this month, letters sent on Tuesday revealed.
Hammer thrower Gwen Berry raised his fist and fighter Race Imboden took a knee while at the medal stand last week in Lima, Peru. All Pan-American and Olympics athletes agree to rules banning political protest.
The Committee also warned other athletes that future protests could face more serious consequences.
"It is also important for me to note that going forward, reprimanding other athletes in such an instance is insufficient," wrote USOPC Executive Director Sarah Hirschland in letters received by the Associated Press. [1
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This Friday, August 9, 2019 a photo posted by Lima 2019 News Services, United States Race Imboden is lifting its knee as teammates Mick Itkin and Gerek Meinhardt knees on the podium after winning the gold medal in team foil at the Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru. (Jose Sotomayor / Lima 2019 News Services via AP)
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"We recognize that we need to define more clearly for Team USA athletes what a violation of these rules will mean in the future," Hirschland writes. "By working with (athletes and national boards of directors), we have committed ourselves to more explicitly determine the implications for members of the US team protesting at future games."
Imdoen tweeted after his protest, "Racism, gun control, the abuse of immigrants, and the president who spreads hatred are at the top of a long list of “issues that need to be addressed.
Berry said he was protesting social injustice in the United States. "It's too important not to say something," she said.
Both athletes are eligible for next year's Tokyo Olympics.
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