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Challenging the Olympic Charter at the Swiss OECD National Contact Point

In January 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued guidelines to clarify the content of the controversial Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter (OC). Rule 50 prohibits any ‘kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas’. It was introduced to the OC during the 1970s, following one of the most iconic moments of sports history when sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their black-glowed fists to protest against racial injustice during a medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

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