IOC "looking into" American Raven Saunders' Olympic podium gesture
The International Olympic Committee is "looking into" U.S. shot-putter Raven Saunders' gesture on the Tokyo Games podium after she won a silver medal, IOC spokesperson Mark Adams told reporters Monday.
What she's saying: "Shout out to all my Black people, shout out to all my LBGTQ community, shout out to everybody dealing with mental health," said Saunders, who is black and openly gay, after taking the stand, per AP.
- "Because at the end of the day, we understand that it’s bigger than us, and it’s bigger than the powers that be."
- She told reporters after winning her silver medal, "I feel amazing, because I know I'm going to inspire so many people.
- "About to inspire so many young girls, so many young boys, so many LGBTQ people, people who have battled suicide. So many people would have almost given up ... it's not just about me."
What to watch: The IOC is "in contact" with the World Athletics governing body and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee on the matter in order to determine whether any further action will be taken, per Adams.
The big picture: China's Gong Lijiao won the gold medal in the women's shot put at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium and New Zealand's Valerie Adams claimed bronze.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from Mark Adams.