The FIA has issued a clarification to accredited media on the latest changes to the International Sporting Code (ISC).
Formula 1's governing body had made an amendment to the ISC which classified "political, religious and personal statements" without 'prior consent' as a breach of their code.
The governing body has clarified that this has been updated to align with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Code of Ethics.
In a statement a spokesperson said: "The ISC has been updated in alignment with the political neutrality of sport as a universal fundamental ethical principle of the Olympic Movement, enshrined in the IOC Code of Ethics, together with the principle of the universality set out in Article 1.2. Additionally as stated in Article 1.2 of the FIA Statutes."
The FIA was given full recognition status by the IOC in 2013. As part of this, the FIA affirmed its commitments to respect the Olympic Charter, including:
- to establish and enforce, in accordance with the Olympic spirit, the rules concerning the practice of its respective sports and to ensure their application;
- to ensure the development of its sports throughout the world;
- to contribute to the achievement of the goals set out in the Olympic Charter, particularly in relation to the ongoing development of Olympic values and Olympic education.
Banning athletes from participating in acts of protest and acts of solidarity is an IOC-specific rule relating to competition neutrality, which prevents them from taking part in demonstrations and political, religious, or racial propaganda during competition.
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The FIA has said that it will promote the protection of human rights and will focus on diversity as part of its ISC changes.
They added: "The FIA shall promote the protection of human rights and human dignity, and refrain from manifesting discrimination on account of race, skin colour, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic or social origin, language, religion, philosophical or political opinion, family situation or disability in the course of its activities and from taking any action in this respect.
"The FIA will focus on underrepresented groups in order to achieve a more balanced representation of gender and race and to create a more diverse and inclusive culture."
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