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U.S. Olympic Fencers Put on Pink Masks in Protest of Teammate Accused of Sexual Misconduct – E! On-line

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With the assistance of their COVID-19 masks, the U.S. males’s fencing group staged an obvious protest on the Olympic stage in opposition to their very own teammate, who has been accused of sexual misconduct of girls.

Alen Hadzic, an alternate, denies the allegations by three feminine fencers. On Friday, July 30, throughout introductions for the group épée competitors on the Tokyo Olympics, three of his U.S. fencing teammates—Jake Hoyle, Curtis McDowald and Yeisser Ramirez—stood close to him carrying pink masks whereas he wore a black one.

Fencing champion Ibtihaj Muhammad, who received a bronze medal on the 2016 Rio Olympics and have become the primary Muslim girl to symbolize the US on the Olympic Video games whereas carrying a hijab, publicly applauded the boys’s choice. “#TeamUSA males’s epee group wore pink masks for his or her opening match on the Olympics as a present of assist for sexual assault victims. Kudos to the group for taking a stand,” she tweeted. “#BelieveWomen.”

Ramirez reposted her tweet on his Instagram Story. His teammates and USA Fencing haven’t commented.