The Australian team posed for a pregame picture with the country’s indigenous flag.
Midfielder Tameka Yallop said after the match that the team is against racism but wanted to show support to the “broader Indigenous Australians.”
“We are obviously in support of no racism, we definitely wanted to take a stand and show our support of that, and we also wanted to represent not just Kyah Simon and Lydia Williams within our team, but the broader Indigenous Australians, and give our own Australian flare to shed light on that aspect of it as well. We just wanted to stand together for the Australian culture and the Indigenous side of us,” Yallop said.
Kyah Simon and Lydia Williams are Aboriginal members of the team.
Op Woensdag, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach confirmed that kneeling did not violate the organization’s rules against protesting.
“It is allowed, it is not a violation of the rules,” Bach said.
In April, the ban preventing athletes from protesting or demonstrating at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was upheld by the IOC, but the committee later announced it was amending that.
Under the new guidelines, athletes can protest on the field before a competition or while they are being introduced, as long as the expression is not targeted “directly or indirectly, against people, countries and/or their dignity.”