Athletes Receive 12 Months Probation After Protest at Pan American Games

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World Athletics Championships: August 5, 2017 – Women’s hammer throw qualifying round – London Stadium, London, Britain – Gwen Berry of the U.S. competes. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

Two American athletes who protested the national anthem during the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru were each given 12-months probation by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC).

Fencer Race Imboden and hammer thrower Gwen Berry were officially reprimanded on August 20 after protesting at the games. Imboden took a knee to protest major issues in the US and President Donald Trump, while Berry raised her fist during the national anthem to protest social injustice. Both athletes defended their actions at the competition.

USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland sent letters to reprimand Imboden and Berry on August 20, according to the Associated Press (AP). The two athletes were each given a 12-month probation along with a broader warning that athletes could face tougher punishments…

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