— Published 4 August 2021

The IOC suspends its investigation into Raven Saunders

Raven Saunders

The IOC announced on Wednesday, August 4th, that it had suspended its investigation into American shot putter Raven Saunders, who is facing a sanction for violating the Olympic Charter. The reason: the sudden death of her mother. Clarissa Saunders died on Tuesday, August 3rd, two days after watching her daughter win the silver medal in the shot put. The cause of death is unknown. “The IOC obviously extends its condolences to Raven and her family,” said Mark Adams during the IOC and Organising Committee’s daily press conference. “Given these circumstances, the process is completely suspended for the time being“. After receiving her silver medal, the American had formed the letter X with her arms raised, to draw attention to “oppressed people.” This was a breach of the Olympic Charter’s Rule 50 about the expression of opinion, political, religious or racial, at the Olympic Games. An investigation has been opened by the IOC. But the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) had already announced that it would not sanction its athlete, as her gesture did not take place during the medal ceremony or during the Chinese anthem played for the gold medallist, Gong Lijiao.