American gold medalists reprimanded after protests at Pan American Games

(CNN) — Both US athletes who demonstrated during independent National Anthems in a regional sports competition earlier this month have now been put on probation for 12 months.
US Olympic & Paralympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Sarah Hirshland composed to hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Hurry Imboden, saying“while I respect your perspective — and of each athlete for whom I’m lucky enough to serve — I disagree with the moment and way in which you chose to express your views.“
All participants signed agreements not to create any political, religious, or racial comment at Lima, Peru in the Pan American Games.
Hirshland’s letter warned the 2 athletes a different signal violation could result in“more significant sanctions“ than for an athlete in good standing.
Both athletes can still participate in events. Berry will participate in the entire world track and field championships a month.
CNN has achieved to Berry and Imboden but neither individual responded.
The representative of berry would like to focus on her instruction and told CNN interviews are not being done by her.
„She needs no distractions as her aim is to medal to the USA at the women’s hammer, a thing that has never been done before,“ John Nubani wrote in an email to CNN.
Following her demonstration of a raised fist, then she told track and field website FloTrack:“I understand everything I did, and then I know I broke the rules, and I will make that sacrifice. I am honored to make that sacrifice“
Berry bowed her head and Imboden knelt while they all were onto a ribbon podium and increased her fist in the air.
Taking a knee became a form of protest after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick first sat then took a knee through the National Anthem against people of color.
Ever since that time, numerous athletes, from NFL players, to soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe to amateur high schoolers have knelt as a form of protest, sparking anger from Trump and many others.
After he knelt Imboden stated:“We have to call for change. I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games this week. My pride nonetheless has been cut short by this nation that I hold dear to my heart’s multiple shortcomings. Racism, gun control, mistreatment of immigrants, along with a president that spreads hatred are on top of a list.
„I chose to (sacrifice) my moment today near the peak of the podium to call attention to problems that I think need to be dealt with. I encourage other people to please utilize your programs for empowerment and change,“ he explained.
Imboden won a bronze medal on Tuesday at the men’s individual foil, and is rated as the world’s second-best in the transparency event. He also helped the US win gold in the men’s foil team occasion.
Since Imboden knelt, his Gerek Meinhardt and Nick Itkin stood.
Berry took gold in the women’s hammer throw, and she raised her fist in the air and bowed her in protest at the end of the National Anthem. It was a demonstration reminiscent of John Carlos and Tommie Smith in the 1968 Olympics.
„Someone has to stand for each of the injustices which are happening in America and a president who’s making it more challenging,“ she told USA Today. „It is too important to not say something“
The probationary period would include the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which start.

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