I can understand the ban on political statements at the Olympics. Common sense would say that’s not the place for that sort of thing. The Olympics are a place for athletics and international unity — not political strife.
However, for an athlete whose people are the victims of a genocide that’s being pretty much ignored by the rest of the world, the Olympics may be the ONLY place for a sign of protest. This is obviously important enough to Feyisa Lilesa that he’s willing to suffer the consequences not only from the Olympics, but from his own country. That takes some serious guts.