American gold medalists reprimanded after protests at Pan American Games

(CNN) — The two US athletes that demonstrated during separate National Anthems at a regional sports contest earlier this month have now been put on probation for 12 months.
US Olympic & Paralympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Sarah Hirshland wrote to hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden, saying”while I admire your view — and that of each athlete to whom I’m lucky enough to function — I personally disagree with the second and manner in which you decided to convey your views.”
All participants signed agreements not to create some political, religious, or racial remark in the Pan American Games.
Hirshland’s letter warned the two athletes a different code violation could result in”more severe sanctions” than for an athlete in good position.
Both athletes may participate in sanctioned events. Berry will get involved in the world track and field championships next month.
individual responded although CNN has reached out through their sport federations to Imboden and Berry.
Berry’s representative told CNN interviews are not being done by her and wishes to concentrate on her training.
“She needs no distractions as her objective is to medal to the USA in the women’s hammer, something that has never been achieved before,” John Nubani wrote in an email to CNN.
After her demonstration of a raised fist, then she advised track and field website FloTrack:”I know everything I did, and then I know I broke the rules, and I will make that sacrifice. I’m honored to make this sacrifice.”
While they each were onto a medal podium, berry raised her fist in the air and bowed her head and Imboden knelt.
Taking a knee turned into a kind of civil protest following former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick first sat took a knee during the National Anthem against people of colour.
Ever since that time, numerous athletes, from NFL players, to football star Megan Rapinoe to amateur high schoolers have knelt sparking anger from Trump and many others.
Later he knelt Imboden said:”We must call for modification. I am honored to represent Team USA in the Pan Am Games, carrying home bronze and gold this week. My pride was cut short by the countless shortcomings of this nation I hold so dear to my heart. Gun control, a president that spreads hatred, and mistreatment of immigrants are on top of a listing.
“I decided to (sacrifice) my second now at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe have to be dealt with. I encourage others to please use your programs for change and empowerment,” he explained.
Imboden, 26, is ranked as the world’s second-best from the foil event, and won a bronze medal on Tuesday in the men’s individual foil. He helped the US win gold in the men’s foil team affair.
As 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 at the conclusion of the National Anthem. It was a demonstration reminiscent of John Carlos and Tommie Smith in the 1968 Olympics.
“Someone has to stand for all the injustices that are going on in America and a president who is making it more challenging,” she told USA Today. “It’s too important to not say something”
The period could include the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which start.

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