The Russian Olympic Committee said music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky has been approved to replace the Russian national anthem at the Olympics.
Athletes who make political or social justice protests at the Tokyo Olympics were promised legal support Thursday by a global union and an activist group in Germany. The pledges came one day after the International Olympic Committee confirmed its long-standing ban on “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda” on the field of play, medal podiums or official ceremonies. The IOC also said that slogans such as “Black Lives Matter” will not be allowed on athlete apparel at Olympic venues, though it approved using the words “peace,” “respect,” “solidarity,” “inclusion” and “equality” on T-shirts.
Australian Adam Scott has become the second prominent male golfer to publicly pass on the Tokyo Olympics, citing focus on time with family.