Nothing is apolitical, including athletics. But the International Olympic Committee forbids “any kind of protests and demonstrations, or any acts perceived as such,” under IOC’s Rule 50. In 1986, the International Olympic Committee expelled two Black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, for raising their fists in the Black power salute while on the medal podium. But the rule has been applied selectively, as the International Olympic Committee did not expel athletes that gave the Nazi salute in 1936. This topic is relevant again as the Tokyo Olympics are approaching, and U.S. gold medalist hammer thrower Gwen Berry has been photographed with her back to the flag during the national anthem at the 2021 US Olympic trials. Today’s action is to read this Op-Ed about banning political statements in sports, and to sign this petition asking Olympic sponsors to demand that Rule 50 be rescinded.