The Voice of Reason...occasionally......rarely
- Dec 10, 2004
USA isn’t the only country with freedom. Did any other country’s athlete(s) protest their anthem or flag? I’m not trying to make a point, just genuinely curious if this is a US only phenomenon.
-Other female soccer teams' players knelt included Chile, Great Britain and New Zealand during pre-game anthems.
A Costa Rican incorporated protest right into her performance.
-Alvarado, 18, the first gymnast from Costa Rica to qualify for the Olympics, concluded her floor routine Sunday by taking a knee, placing her left hand behind her back and raising her right fist into the air.
Alvarado's demonstration was the first of its kind on an international stage in elite gymnastics, according to NBC Olympics. Alvarado said the end of her routine was choreographed to highlight the importance of equal rights on a global stage.
Others took protest actions with their behavior.
-The German gymnastics team chose comfort over tradition when they competed in full-length unitards that stretched to their ankles instead of leotards that stopped at the hips.
-Similarly, the Norwegian handball team recently refused to wear bikini bottoms and was fined during the sport's Euro 2021 tournament.
Then you have Sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya from Belarussia. Removed from the team for protesting the Belarussian governments treatment and refused to be sent back claiming asylum.
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