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IOC’s demand that Olympic athletes put their values on pause is demoralizing

An Olympic torch relay runner carries the torch on the second day of the Osaka leg in Suita, north of Osaka, western Japan, on April 14.
An Olympic torch relay runner carries the torch on the second day of the Osaka leg in Suita, north of Osaka, western Japan, on April 14.Hiro Komae/Associated Press

This octogenarian former Olympian was appalled to read in Renée Graham’s column that the International Olympic Committee voted to uphold a rule that prohibits any “kind of demonstration or political, religious, or racial propaganda” (“Black Lives Matter — but not to the Olympics,” Opinion, April 28). The demand that athletes put their values on pause when they march behind their national flags into the Tokyo Olympic stadium on July 23 for the opening ceremony and the lighting of the Olympic torch is truly demoralizing, even embarrassing, for those Olympians who care deeply about justice, inclusion, and equity.

Imogene Fish

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The writer was a member of the 1952 US Olympic ski team.