(CNN) — The two US athletes who demonstrated during separate National Anthems at a regional sports contest earlier this month have been placed on probation for 12 months.
US Olympic & Paralympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Sarah Hirshland composed to hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Rush Imboden, saying”while I respect your perspective — and of each athlete for whom I’m lucky enough to function — I disagree with all the second and way in which you chose to express your views.”
All participants signed agreements not to make some political, religious, or racial opinion in Lima, Peru in the Pan American Games.
Hirshland’s letter warned the 2 athletes another signal violation could result in”more serious sanctions” compared to an athlete in good position.
Both athletes may participate in events that are sanctioned. Berry will take part in the world track and field championships every month.
CNN has reached out through their sports federations to Imboden and Berry but individual responded.
Berry’s representative told CNN she is not doing interviews and wants to concentrate on her training.
“She wants no distractions because her aim is to medal to the USA in the women’s hammer, a thing that has never been done before,” John Nubani wrote in an email to CNN.
After her demonstration of a raised fist, she advised track and field website FloTrack:”I understand everything I did, and then that I know I broke the rules, and I’ll make that sacrifice. I’m honored to make this sacrifice”
Berry bowed her head and Imboden knelt on his right knee while they each were about a medal podium and increased her fist in the air.
Taking a knee became a kind of civil protest after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick first sat took a knee against people of colour during the 2016 football period in protest of police brutality and injustice through the National Anthem.
Since that time, numerous athletes, to football star Megan Rapinoe to high schoolers, out of NFL players have knelt as a kind of protest, sparking anger from others and Trump.
After he knelt Imboden stated:”We must call for change. I am honored to represent Team USA in the Pan Am Games. My pride was cut short by this nation I hold so dear to my heart’s various shortcomings. Racism, gun control, mistreatment of immigrants are at the peak of a lengthy listing.
“I decided to (sacrifice) my second today near the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I think need to be dealt with. I encourage others to please utilize your platforms for change and empowerment,” he said.
Imboden is ranked as the world’s second-best in the foil event, also won a bronze medal on Tuesday in the men’s individual foil. He also helped the US win gold in the men’s foil team affair.
As knelt, his teammates Gerek Meinhardt and Nick Itkin stood.
Berry took gold in the women’s hammer throwand she raised her fist in the air and bowed her in the end of the National Anthem in protest. It was a protest reminiscent of John Carlos and Tommie Smith in the 1968 Olympics.
“Somebody has to stand for all the injustices that are happening in America and a president who’s making it even more challenging,” she told USA Today. “It’s too important not to say something.”
The period could incorporate the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which begin July 24.