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Australia’s Matildas posed with an Aboriginal flag before the opening game of the Olympics against New Zealand before they delivered an excellent first half. The kiwis had knelt down Prot est against racism as the Australians faced them with bandaged arms in their own statement before posing the red, black and gold flag.
The International Olympic Committee relaxed the rules for protesting or making political statements at the Games before the Olympic Games in Tokyo – allows the athletes leeway outside of competitions or appearances on podium places.
– Matt Johnson (@matte_johnson) 21. July 2021
Two members of the Matildas team, Lydia Williams and Kyah Simon, are indigenous Australians.
The Matildas started 2-0 at halftime led by Tameka Yallop and Sam Kerr, the Chelsea star who scored against New Zealand for the first time.
The game is a must for the Matildas, who play in a tough group with the USA and Sweden. Sweden shocked the Americans 3-0 on Wednesday.