Brazilian athlete on trial for shouting Out Bolsonaro

Brasilia - The Superior Court of Sports Justice (STJD) of Brazil will judge today the case of the beach volleyball player Carol Solberg for demonstrating against President Jair Bolsonaro.

Initially, the trial was scheduled for Tuesday of last week, but was postponed.

The 33-year-old player shouted Out Bolsonaro in a live interview after winning a bronze medal on September 20 on the Saquarema (Rio de Janeiro) stage of the Brazilian Beach Volleyball Circuit.

Solberg was denounced based on articles 191 and 258 of the Brazilian Code of Sports Justice. The first for not complying with or making it difficult to comply with the general or special competition rules.

The second for 'assuming any conduct contrary to discipline or sports ethics not typified by the other rules of this code to unsportsmanlike attitude.'

Given the facts, the Prosecutor's Office asked the STJD and the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation to explain the complaint, since it is not clear which regulation was violated and questions the treatment given to Solberg.

In this regard, she mentioned the case of players from the men's team, who in 2018 made the number of then-candidate Bolsonaro after a match. There was no punishment or complaint at that time.

Previously, the Supreme Federal Court ruled that fundamental rights apply to private relationships, therefore the disciplinary policy of a sports confederation must comply with the principle of isonomy, prohibiting any unequal treatment, with the favor of some and the persecution of others.

'I do not regret it, zero, not one bit,' Solberg told the press about his exclamation against the far-right president and 'it was totally spontaneous, a cry, something stuck for a long time because of the things that are happening in our country.'

She denounced that Bolsonaro encourages hate speech. 'But for me, the worst thing about this government is its disregard for the environment, culture and the way we are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Not to mention corruption,' she said.

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