The IOC(International Olympic Committee) recently demanded that the U.S Women’s Hockey Team needs to remove the statue of liberty from the masks of their 2 goalies. The demand was issued due to a ‘no political message rule’ which states that “No Item may feature the wording or lyrics from national anthems, motivational words, public/political messaging or slogans related to national identity”.
Discussions are apparently ongoing between the team’s coach Dave Fischer and the IOC about whether the rule will be enforced. Nicole Hensley(has helped the US win 2 Olympic golds) and Alex Rigsby are the goalies who may be subject to this rule, and will most likely need to have the images removed before their next Olympic match against Russia’s Olympic team.
The big question is: should the statue of liberty be considered a “political message”? The problem with this is that certain images have different meanings for people. While the statue of liberty may represent liberty for some, for others it may just be a building that represents great engineering and construction. The rule seems to leave a lot of room for the IOC’s interpretation and opinion on what is acceptable and what isn’t. Afterall, countries are allowed to display images of their flags, and aren’t flags supposed to be a direct representation of a country’s political values and history?
This is not the first time this rule has been enforced. Earlier this month Matt Dalton, a Canadian born goalie who plays for South Korea’s hockey team was forced to remove an image on his mask which depicted a famous Korean Naval Commander from the 16th century, Admiral Yi Sun-shin. Dalton said he was inspired to add the image after seeing a bronze statue of Yi Sun-shin in the Gwanghwamun Plaza of Seoul.
Another step towards the One World Government System?
With so many people convinced that political elites are pushing for a one world government, actions like this will just serve as more confirmation. Let’s not forget, the Statue of liberty is a symbol of liberty and freedom and this silly rule is just another denial of an individual’s right to freedom of speech and expression. I mean isn’t national pride what the Olympics is all about? Why deny an athlete their right to represent their country’s history and political beliefs? These are the things that make each country unique. Let’s face it though, diverse political views are no longer encouraged or even respected.