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Olympic athletes are banned from publicly expressing their political views during the Olympic games. The restriction, known as Rule 50, was put in place by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over 40 years ago as a way of maintaining neutrality in sports. The IOC argued that Olympic competition should be kept separate from the contentious world of politics. But many athletes say the societal problems they care about are relevant in the sports world, too, and they believe the Olympics are an appropriate place to express their views. Listen to learn about the controversy over Rule 50 and then debate: Should Olympic athletes be allowed to protest?
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