Race Imboden displays 'X' on hand during medal ceremony in protest of Olympic rule

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After Team USA defeated Japan 45-31 on Monday, Imboden took to the podium displaying the drawn-on "X."

"For me I personally wore the symbol as a demonstration against rule 50. In support of athletes of color, Ending Gun violence, and all the athletes and who wish to use their voice on the platform they’ve earned."

"No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venus or other areas," the policy reads. "Violations of that rule could result in ‘disqualification’ or ‘withdrawal’ of the accreditation of the person or delegation concerned."

The IOC relaxed its rule ahead of the Tokyo Games to allow athletes to protest before official competitions. But still barred any demonstrations on medal stands.

The IOC announced an investigation into Saunders’ podium protest, but on Wednesday the committee said it would be suspending the probe following her mother’s passing on Tuesday.

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) defended the demonstration on Monday saying that it "was respectful of her competitors and did not violate our rules related to demonstration."

Imboden echoed that sentiment in his tweet. 

"I also wish to draw attention to the hypocrisy of the IOC, and all of the organizations who profit so immensely off the athletes and have yet to hear their call for change." 

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