The British Channel 4 News broadcast this story this evening: the British Olympic Association (BOA) has decided to back track on a decision to include a controversial clause in contract for team members.
“A clause in section four of the proposed agreement states that selected athletes “..are not to comment on any politically sensitive issues.” ”
Apparently this was meant to be derived from the section in the IOC Charter which states that “no kind of demonstration or political, racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites,venues or other areas”.
Not exactly the same. As acknowledged by Simon Clegg, Chief Exec of the BOA:
“I accept the interpretation of one part of the draft BOA team members’ agreement appears to have gone beyond the provision of the Olympic Charter. This is not our intention, nor is it our desire to restrict athletes’ freedom of speech, and the final agreement will reflect this.”