December 7, 2022

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Tokyo Olympics: Chinese medalists probed for wearing Mao’s brooch on stage

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The Chinese pair beat Germany and Russia in the Olympic gold issue

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is investigating two Chinese cyclists who wore brooches bearing the image of Mao Zedong, the leader of the Chinese Revolution and founder of the People’s Republic of China, at the awards ceremony.

An IOC spokesman said the Chinese Olympic Committee had been contacted to report on the incident.

Pao Shanju and Jong Tianshi won the bicycle doubles event on Monday (02/08). Their use of the brooch may violate Olympic rules, which prohibit political demonstrations at international events.

Article 50 of the Olympic Charter states, “No political, religious or ethnic opposition or propaganda shall be permitted at any of the Olympic venues or other areas.”