OJ: radio silence on social networks for Italian athletes, under penalty

Italian athletes come to be denied the possibility of using social networks during the Olympic Games to be held in London from July 27th until August 12th. The information revealed by the Spanish site Marca, evokes a decision by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI).

Italian athletes who will take part in the Olympic Games from the end of next week will be silenced under penalty: CONI had decreed that offenders who tweeteraient or intervene on Facebook or Google+ during competition could face a fine of up to EUR 100 000, the site says Marca.

For now, the Italian Olympic Committee – which itself has a Twitter account – has not officially communicated on the subject, but sports Twitter followers did understand the microblogging platform: that is, among others, the case of the tennis player Flavia Pennetta who declared it a few days ago that the “Olympic Silence” started on 16 July. “I can not say more, at least that’s what they told me,” she says. Same speech next to the fencer Giorgio Avola: “Nothing on Twitter until the end of the Olympic Games … I will try to speak with deeds. ”

Paradoxically, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in a document posted by Rue89 earlier this year that it “encourages participants (accredited, that is to say, sportsmen and journalists, Ed) to post comments on social networks and tweeter during the Olympics “, saying the practice” perfectly acceptable “. A perspective that does not share the CONI, probably for the sake of preserving the concentration of its athletes … by pushing them to cut ties with social networks.

Edited on 18/07/2012 at 17h02

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