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China's Bao Shanju and Zhong Tianshi adorned the red pins on the medal podium on August 2 after defeating Germany and Russia to snatch gold in the women's velodrome cycling in Tokyo.

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China 's Bao Shanju and Zhong Tianshi adorned the red pins on the medal podium on August 2 after defeating Germany and Russia to snatch gold in the women's velodrome cycling in Tokyo.

China 's Bao Shanju and Zhong Tianshi adorned the red pins on the medal podium on August 2 after defeating Germany and Russia to snatch gold in the women's velodrome cycling in Tokyo.

of 3Bao Shanju (L) and Zhong Tianshi (R) of China pose with their gold medals on the podium after winning the women’s cycling team sprint finals on day 10 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on August 2, 2021, at Izu Velodrome in Izu, Shizuoka, Japan.GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images

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Bao Shanju (L) and Zhong Tianshi (R) of China pose with their gold medals on the podium after winning the women’s cycling team sprint finals on day 10 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on August 2, 2021, at Izu Velodrome in Izu, Shizuoka, Japan.GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images

Bao Shanju (L) and Zhong Tianshi (R) of China embrace each other on the podium after winning the women’s cycling team sprint finals on day 10 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at Izu Velodrome on August 2, 2021, in Izu, Shizuoka, Japan.Justin Setterfield/Getty Images headtopics.com

Zhong Tianshi (L) and Bao Shanju (R) of China celebrate winning the gold medal while holding the flag of they country during the women's cycling team sprint finals on day 10 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at Izu Velodrome on August 2, 2021, in Izu, Shizuoka, Japan.

Tim de Waele/Getty ImagesBefore the start of the Tokyo Games, the IOC relaxed Ruled 50 to allow some gestures such as taking the knee on the field of play, under the condition that no fellow athletes are disrupted or disrespected. However, the regulation still applies to the podium, where any kind of"demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda" is strictly prohibited.

A violation of the rule could result in disqualification, according to the Olympic Charter.American shot-putter Saunders, who won her first Olympic medal on Sunday, toldNBCthat her X gesture represented"the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet."

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) backed Saunders' right to make the gesture, saying it did not find it to be a breach of the charter."Per the USOPC's delegation terms, the USOPC conducted its own review and determined that Raven Saunders' peaceful expression in support of racial and social justice that happened at the conclusion of the ceremony was respectful of her competitors and did not violate our rules related to demonstration," the committee told Reuters in a statement. headtopics.com

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Saunders, a Black and gay Olympian, performed the gesture after the Chinese anthem had been played in honor of gold medalist Gong Lijiao.Day 11 of the Summer Games sees China top of the gold medal standings with 29, followed by the U.S. with 22 and Japan with 18. The U.S. has bagged the most medals overall at 66, while China and Russia rank second and third with 63 and 50, respectively.

1of 3(L-R) Silver medalist Raven Saunders of the United States, gold medalist Gong Lijiao of China and bronze medalist Valerie Adams of New Zealand attend the medal ceremony of the women's shot put final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on August 01, 2021, at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.

Ryan Pierse/Getty Images(L-R) Silver medalist Raven Saunders of the United States, gold medalist Gong Lijiao of China and bronze medalist Valerie Adams of New Zealand attend the medal ceremony of the women's shot put final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on August 01, 2021, at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.

Ryan Pierse/Getty ImagesRaven Saunders of the United States competes in the women's shot put final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on August 01, 2021, at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.Cameron Spencer/Getty Images(L-R) Silver medalist Raven Saunders of the United States, gold medalist Gong Lijiao of China and bronze medalist Valerie Adams of New Zealand attend the medal ceremony of the women's shot put final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on August 01, 2021, at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. headtopics.com

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