The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that athletes are still banned from protesting at the games after several sports moved to allow protests in the wake of George Floyd's death in police custody, The Telegraph has reported.

Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter states "no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas."

Athletes who breach the rule are subject to discipline on a case-by-case basis and the IOC issued guidelines in January clarifying that banned protests include taking a knee and other gestures.