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Will the 2024 Olympic Games become the playing field for social justice protests?

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau

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Yannick Kluch, a professor of recreation, sport and tourism at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studies social justice protests and political activism in Olympic and collegiate sports. He served as an expert on the Team USA Council on Racial and Social Justice, which found that punishing Olympic athletes for peaceful protests such as gestures on the podium violated their freedom of expression. In response, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee decided to no longer sanction athletes for these protests.

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