Berry si allontanò dalla bandiera per affrontare gli spalti mentre “Lo stendardo a stelle” played during the medal ceremony on Saturday. She then draped a T-shirt bearing the words “activist athlete” over her head.
USA Track and Field
) did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment
, ma secondo Reuters
, it said the anthem was played each day at the trials according to a pre-arranged schedule
“Non abbiamo aspettato che gli atleti salissero sul podio per i premi del lancio del martello,” said USATF spokeswoman Susan Hazzard. “We’re thrilled with the women’s hammer throw team that selected themselves for the Games.”
The anthem has been played once each evening throughout the trials.
“They said they were going to play it before we walked out
, then they played it when we were out there
,” said Berry
, secondo ESPN
“But I don’t really want to talk about the anthem because that’s not important. L'inno non parla per me. It never has.”
, Berry added a caption alongside photos of her on the podium
, detto: “I said what I said
… I meant what I said
… STOP PLAYING WITH ME
Then on Twitter
, Berry said how comments on social media show that
“even after the murder of George Floyd and so many others
; gli spot pubblicitari, dichiarazioni, and phony sentiments regarding black lives were just a hoax.
Nel 2019, Berry lost some of her sponsorships after raising her fist in protest on the podium at the Pan American Games in Peru.
She received a 12-month probation from the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee for the act, which she says was meant to highlight social injustice in America.
“Per me, it was extremely devastating because they cut off all my revenue
,” 31-year-old Berry ha detto alla CNN of the situation last year
“Competing, going overseas, going to competitions, getting prize money, and then ultimately making the Olympic team help me, help my family, help my community.”
In an open letter to athletes earlier this year, US Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland outlined how “respectful demonstrations on the topic of racial and social justice” would be allowed at the Olympic and Paralympic Trials.
“While we support your right to demonstrate peacefully in support of racial and social justice, we can’t control the actions others may take in response,” diceva la lettera.
tuttavia, a ban on “protests and demonstrations” at the Tokyo Olympics will be in place after the International Olympic Committee
(IOC) upheld Rule
50, which states that
“no kind of demonstration or political
, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites
, venues or other areas.