[Daily Telegraph] The book, published by Olympic organisers and available to ticket holders, said banners backing individuals and teams were “tendentious (and) violate the fairness principle of an Olympic event”, state media reported.
So, banners with messages such as, “Go Tomkins”, “Aussie Aussie Aussie” or even “Stephanie Will You Marry Me?” will be prohibited under the new edict.
The ban, which includes posters and pamphlets, has prompted Australian Games chiefs to issue a “please explain” to the International Olympic Committee.
“I have to say I am surprised, but they’re China’s Games and we will have to abide by the rules,” said Australian Olympic Committee spokesman Mike Tancred. “I have asked the IOC for clarification on the issue.”