Two US athletes may face penalties for kneeling and raising fist at award distribution ceremony in Peru. Imboden and Berry protested multiple shortcomings back in United States, pertaining to social issues, which didn’t go well with the organizers of the Pan-American Olympics. The supporters and intelligentsia back home won’t be hailing the decision one bit.
Gold medal winner in the men’s foil team event, Imboden took a knee on podium whereas hammer thrower Berry raised fist while US National Anthem was played at the event. Both were unhappy of some sort of a social crisis situation back in their native country, the United States.
U.S athletes registering political protest at Peru
Sporting avenues aren’t a place for political demonstrations, said the officials of Pan American organizing committee.
The players may have to face the consequences in the form of bans, or other forms of major of minor penalties.
Imboden said that he is sacrificing his winning moment to draw attention towards gun laws, humanitarian crisis and other social and moral upheavals in the United States.
This is not for the first time that such an event has taken place, a month before, an Australian swimmer refused to share podium with his Chinese counterpart because of alleged charges of drug and substance abuse on the latter.
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