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Athletes Can’t Be Journalists

Athletes will not be allowed to act as journalists during the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. This was one of the main issues discussed during the first Oceania
29 Apr 2015 10:50
Athletes Can’t Be Journalists
From left: Papua New Guinea’s Andrew Lepani, Emma Waiwai, Fiji’s Cathy Wong, Jane Niubalavu and Cook Islands’ Robert Graham at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

Athletes will not be allowed to act as journalists during the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

This was one of the main issues discussed during the first Oceania chef de mission and team administration workshop at Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday.

Oceania National Olympic Committees executive director Dennis Miller said the International Olympic Committee have briefly explained why athletes need to control social media usage.

“There need to be a control on how athletes use social media such as Facebook and Twitter and what they can and cannot do during the games,” Miller said

“The IOC want to protect their brands and sponsors.

“Athletes will not be allowed to take videos during the Games.”

Team Fiji chef de mission to 2016 Rio Olympics Cathy Wong said the policy was fair.

“Athletes can go on Facebook and Twitter and post their comments but no videos,” Wong said.

“Athletes can share their experiences about the games but they cannot act as journalist on behalf of the second or third party.”

As most of the Fijian athletes have social network pages like Facebook, Twitter they will also be strictly monitored on its usage.

“If someone from home contacts them and said you can send me this information, that’s not allowed. They can only speak about themselves and their experiences but they cannot act as journalist.”

Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee Athletes Commission representative Andrew Lepani echoed similar sentiment and stressed the importance of abiding with the IOC social media policy.

“The IOC needs to protect their media partners and broadcasters so I think the policy is fair,” he said.

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