Raven Saunders could still face punishment for her crossed-arms 'X' political protest on the Olympic Games podium, despite USA team officials clearing her of any wrongdoing.
The shot put silver medallist raised her arms above her head in a pose she said represented "the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet".
Saunders, who is black and gay, has been backed by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), but that is not the end of the matter.
The USOPC said in a statement on Monday: "Per the USOPC's delegation terms, the USOPC conducted its own review and determined that Raven Saunders' peaceful expression in support of racial and social justice that happened at the conclusion of the ceremony was respectful of her competitors and did not violate our rules related to demonstration."
Yet political statements on the medal podium are not permitted at Tokyo 2020, even though rules on such actions have been relaxed elsewhere by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
In the wake of the USOPC remarks, the IOC was seeking further answers from the Americans on Tuesday.
Send y’all prayers up for me. Hoping on a conference call in a bit. I appreciate all each and every one of my #Ravebowflock gang— Raven HULK Saunders (@GiveMe1Shot) August 3, 2021
Mark Adams, the IOC spokesperson, said in a briefing: "We've seen their public opinion and we're in touch with them.
"We've written a letter asking for some further information, to be able to evaluate the next steps, if any, that should be taken.
"Obviously, the Games are held under the Olympic charter and the rules of the Olympic movement, so let's wait to see what clarification we get from USOPC."
It seems unimaginable that the IOC would take any drastic action, given the outcry that would follow.
Saunders tweeted on Sunday: "Let them try and take this medal. I'm running across the border even though I can't swim."
The Olympic Games has seen few such protests on podiums. Perhaps the most notable was the 'Black Power' salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medallists respectively in the 200 metres at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, when both raised a black-gloved fist as the US national anthem was played.
Both were expelled from the Games but got to keep their medals.
Tennis great and long-time equal rights activist Billie Jean King has backed Saunders, writing on Twitter: "Her gesture was meaningful and respectful. There is nothing for the IOC to investigate."