(CNN) — Both US athletes who exhibited throughout independent National Anthems in a regional sports competition earlier this month have been put on probation for 12 weeks.
US Olympic & Paralympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Sarah Hirshland composed to hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Hurry Imboden, stating”while I respect your perspective — and that of each athlete to whom I’m fortunate enough to serve — I personally disagree with all the second and way in which you chose to convey your views.”
All participants signed agreements not to create any political, religious, or racial comment at the Pan American Games.
Hirshland’s letter warned the 2 athletes another code violation could lead to”more significant sanctions” compared to a athlete in good position.
Both athletes may participate in sanctioned events. Berry will take part in the world track and field championships a month in Doha, Qatar.
CNN has reached out throughout their sport federations to Berry and Imboden but neither individual responded instantly.
Berry’s agent wishes to focus on her instruction and told CNN interviews are not being done by her.
“She wants no distractions because her objective is to medal for the USA in the women’s hammer, something that has never been achieved before,” John Nubani composed in an email to CNN.
After her protest of a raised fist, she advised track and field site FloTrack:”I understand everything I did, and then now I know I broke the rules, and I’ll make that sacrifice. I’m honored to make this sacrifice.”
While they all were to a medal podium, berry raised her fist in the air and bowed her mind and Imboden knelt.
Taking a knee turned into a kind of protest following former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick first sat took a knee through the National Anthem against people of color during the 2016 football season in protest of police brutality and injustice.
Ever since that time, numerous athletes, out of NFL players, to soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe to amateur schoolers have knelt as a form of protest, sparking anger from Trump and many others.
Following he knelt Imboden said:”We have to call for change. I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking bronze and home gold this week. My pride however has been cut short by this country I hold dear in my heart’s shortcomings. Gun control, mistreatment of immigrants are on top of a lengthy listing.
“I decided to (forfeit ) my second now at the peak 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 empowerment and change,” he explained.
Imboden is ranked as the world’s second-best in the foil event, also won a bronze medal on Tuesday at the men’s individual foil. He helped the US win gold in the men’s foil team event.
As knelt, his Gerek Meinhardt and Nick Itkin stood.
She lifted her fist in the air , and berry took gold in the women’s hammer throw and bowed her in the conclusion of the National Anthem in protest. It was a protest reminiscent of John Carlos and Tommie Smith in the 1968 Olympics.
“Someone must stand for each the injustices which are happening in America and also a president who is making it more challenging,” she told USA Today. “It’s too important to not say something.”
The period would incorporate the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which start July 24.