Team GB women’s football team revealed that they will take a knee before their matches at the Tokyo Olympics. the decision was made after the IOC have taken a lenient approach to rule 50 which forbids athletes from protesting throughout the games. The IOC have maintained that no protests shall be done on the medals podium.
“The Team GB Women’s Football squad have confirmed their intention to take the knee on the field of play ahead of kick-off in their games at the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Football tournament in Japan.” a statement from team GB said before the Tokyo Olympics. “The squad welcomed recent clarification provided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in relation to Rule 50 which now permits athletes to make gestures on the field of play, provided they are done so without disruption and with respect for fellow competitors.”
Steph Houghton, Kim Little, and Sophie Ingle have been announced as the joint team captains for team Great Britain for the Tokyo Olympics. The former announced they had extensive discussions with the British Olympic Association (BOA) before announcing their decision.
“We’ve been taking the knee in our club matches in the WSL and previous international matches, and we knew as a squad this was something that we wanted to talk about first and foremost – it’s not just a quick decision, we’ve had lots of conversations,” England and Manchester City captain Houghton said. “We’ve obviously been looking forward to the rule 50 that the IOC have put on the Olympic Games. For us, we had to discuss what we wanted to do and it was something that we felt like a squad we wanted to do 100 percent. We had lots of conversations with the BOA, who have been really, really supportive.”