IOC tells Olympians: ‘Stop paying tributes to dead people’

IOC tells Olympians: ‘Stop paying tributes to dead people’

The IOC is telling Olympic athletes they may not wear armbands or stickers during competition to commemorate the dead.

The Olympic body said Monday it sent a letter to Norwegian Olympic officials after four female cross-country wore black armbands in memory of an athlete’s brother who died on the eve of the games.

The International Olympic Committee also told freestyle skiers not to wear stickers on their helmets in tribute to Canadian halfpipe skier Sarah Burke, who died after a crash in training two years ago.

“We would say the competitions themselves, which are a place of celebration, are probably not the right place to really do that,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. “We would like to keep that separate.”

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