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IOC suspends investigation into the 'X' gesture after Olympian Raven Saunders is killed in a family tragedy

American silver medalist Raven Saunders revealed Wednesday her mother, Clarissa Saunders, had died.

On Twitter, the shot-putter stated that she would be taking time off from social media to grieve for her mother.

"I am taking a break from social media for a bit to care for my mental health and family. My mama was a wonderful woman, and I will always be her. She wrote, "My number one guardian angel." "I will always and forever be your love."

We don't know the details of Clarissa Saunders’ death.

Saunders took home the silver medal at the event and caused quite a stir by crossing her arms in an "X" above her head. She explained that the "X" represents "the intersection where all oppressed people meet."

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), was prompted to investigate the incident even though the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committees (USOPCs) had said that it did not violate their rules on protests by athletes.

Wednesday's statement by the IOC stated that it had suspended its investigation into Saunders' death.

Mark Adams, spokesperson for the IOC, stated that "the IOC clearly extends its condolences towards Raven and her family." "Given the circumstances, the process is currently suspended in full."

The USOPC stated that they appreciate the compassion shown to Raven by the IOC in this difficult time.

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