The Worldwide Olympic Committee has quickly suspended their probe into Raven Saunders’ protest demonstration after the dying of the star shot putter’s mother, studies mentioned.
Saunders, who shaped an X along with her arms above her head on the rostrum Sunday in a symbolic protest to signify “oppressed individuals,” was below investigation by the IOC for breaking their guidelines barring athlete demonstrations throughout medaling ceremonies.
On Wednesday, IOC spokesman Mark Adams mentioned any motion in opposition to Saunders is “absolutely suspended in the meanwhile,” NPR reported.
“As a lot of you should have carried out, we heard the very unhappy information this morning of the passing of Raven Saunders’ mom,” Adams informed reporters throughout a briefing.
“The IOC clearly extends its condolences to Raven and her household. [The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee has] knowledgeable us that she is being taken care of and will probably be returning house.”
Simply days after Saunders received the silver medal within the shot put, her mom Clarissa Saunders died in Orlando the place she was on the town watching viewing events with different Olympian households. The reason for dying is unknown.
The USOPC beforehand defended Saunders’s protest and mentioned it didn’t break any guidelines as a result of regardless that the athlete was nonetheless on the rostrum, the demonstration didn’t occur in the course of the ceremony or whereas the Chinese language anthem performed for Gong Lijiao’s first place win.
“We admire the empathy proven towards Raven by the IOC throughout this tough time,” USOPC spokeswoman Kate Hartman informed USA At present in an announcement.