3 members of the United States épée team that received the Tokyo Olympics put on pink masks before suit on Friday– a symbolic protest against a colleague who’s been charged with sexual misconduct towards a number of ladies.
Jake Hoyle, Curtis McDowald and also Yeisser Ramirez all put on pink face-masks before the begin of the competitors while Alex Hadzic– that has actually been accused of sexual offense– was the only member who put on a black face-mask.
According to The Guardian, when Hadzic got approved for the Tokyo Olympics, three women stepped forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct towards them shortly after that. In the wake of their claims, the US Centre for SafeSport put on hold the 29-year-old from all fence tasks. Hadzic appealed his suspension as well as won. However, he travelled to Tokyo separately from his teammates as well as remained in a resort away from the athletes’ village.
While Hoyle, McDowald and Ramirez’s pink face-masks were a symbolic protest against their colleague, they did not release any spoken declarations the denounce his acts openly. Although it has actually been reported that virtually every member of the fencing team challenged Hadzic’s addition at the Olympics as well as signed a petition versus the choice.
Netizens have actually lauded the group’s symbolic protest against Hadzic on social media, especially on Twitter.
One user tweeted her recognition for when “males hold other men liable for sexual assault”.
” This is just how you do it,” an additional wrote on Twitter. “Guy withstanding rape society.”
“This essentially made my year,” tweeted a user.
Hadzic was a backup on the United States secure fencing team and did not contend in the actual competition, which the US males’s épée team lost to Japan on Friday, ending their go for the Tokyo Olympics.