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U.S. Olympic Medalist Probed for Displaying “X” Gesture to Protest Oppression

HeadlineAug 02, 2021

In Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee says it’s investigating whether an “X” gesture made by U.S. shot put silver medalist Raven Saunders violated its ban on political statements. Saunders, who is African American and identifies as queer, told reporters her gesture from the medal podium represented the “intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.” In other Olympics news, U.S. gymnastics superstar Simone Biles says she will compete in the balance beam competition on Tuesday — about a week after she withdrew from her team finals for mental health reasons.

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