Two Pan Am Games protestors have been hit with probation

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to the Associated Press, two American athletes, who participated in the recent Pan Am Games, has been hit with a one-year probation. Sarah Hirshland, the CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, were not pleased with these athletes.

The letters and ramifications were directed towards hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden. Both individuals protested, while on the medal stands at the Pan Am Games.

American athlete Gwen Berry competing at the Women's Hammer Throw Qualifying Round during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Gwen Berry competing at the Women’s Hammer Throw Qualifying Round during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Photo by Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

“It is also important for me to point out that, going forward, issuing a reprimand to other athletes in a similar instance is insufficient,” she said.

Hammer thrower Berry raised her first while on the medal stand. Fencer Imboden took a knee. The incidents happened in Lima, Peru.

Hirshland is indicating that harsher penalties could come down to American athletes in the future if they keep doing these actions. She is also attempting to stop these actions during the Toyko Summer Games in 2020.

While Hirshland is being tough on the athletes, the IOC will ultimately role on any such actions – if it happens during the Olympic games. The IOC ousted John Carlos and Tommie Smith following their iconic protest in 1968.

“We recognize that we must more clearly define for Team USA athletes what a breach of these rules will mean in the future,” Hirshland said. “Working with the 9athletes and national governing body councils), we are committed to more explicitly defining what the consequences will be for members of Team USA, who protest at future Games.”

Both Berry and Imboden are expected to be a part of the 2020 Olympics. Also, during these upcoming games, it is going to be in a Presidential cycle.

President Donald Trump and his Democratic challengers will be campaigning. And with players on a world stage, you never know what they may or may not do.

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