Report: Malaysian cyclist warned for 'Save Gaza' message on gloves

Friday July 25th, 2014

Azizulhasni Awang, a Malaysian cyclist at the Commonwealth Games, was warned by his team for wearing gloves with "Save Gaza" written on them, Rob Harris of The Associated Press reports.

According to Harris, Awang said he was expressing a "humanitarian" message, not making a political protest.

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From The Associated Press:

"The actions were investigated and we spoke with the Malaysian team management," Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said Friday. "It's inappropriate for any form of protest, etc. in a games venue. We respect everyone's right to protest ... however it is inappropriate.

"He has had a strong reprimand from his team management. He's apologized profusely. He now knows any repetition will see a removal of his accreditation."

During Awang's next race, he wore plain black gloves.

Israel is currently engaged in hostilities with Hamas, a militant group that runs the Gaza Strip. has further coverage of the conflict, which began July 8.

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- Sarah Barshop

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