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IOC tells athletes they cannot take a knee in protest at Olympics

(CNN)Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics this summer have been told that they better not protest on the field, on the medal stand or in the Olympic Village, according to new guidelines.Prohibited acts of protest include "gestures of a political nature, like a hand gesture or kneeling," the recently distributed Rule 50 Guidelines say. Athletes will be allowed to express their opinions on digital or traditional media, or on other platforms. They can also do it when being interviewed at news conferences or in an area called the mixed zone, according to the International Olympic Committee.Expressing views is different from protesting and demonstrating, the three-page guidelines say."We believe that the example we set by competing with the world's b ...