IOC Says It’s “Fully Satisfied” With Russia’s Anti-Gay Law

Jim Burroway

September 26th, 2013

According to the Associated Press:

The International Olympic Committee has dismissed concerns over Russia’s law banning gay propaganda, saying it doesn’t violate the Olympic charter’s anti-discrimination clause, and pronounced Russia ready to host the 2014 Winter Games.

Jean-Claude Killy, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission, gave his stamp of approval during a news conference Thursday at the conclusion of the commission’s 10th and final visit to Sochi before the games, which begin on Feb. 7.

…Killy said the commission deliberated for several days and concluded “the IOC doesn’t have the right to discuss the laws that are in place in the country hosting the games, so unless the charter is violated we are fully satisfied.”

This comes despite several contradictory statements by Russian officials about how Russia’s so-called “anti-propaganda” law would impact Olympic athletes and visitors. Earlier this month, the head of the Sochi Olympics asked the IOC to somehow make the rest of the world shut up about the draconian law. The IOC’s response then was to do Russia’s bidding, and ask athletes to keep quiet in Sochi like good Russian citizens. None of this was ever in any doubt, not with the real bottom line being:

Killy said the IOC commission was pleased with the ongoing construction ahead of the games, which with a total cost of $51 billion will be the most expensive Olympics in history.

 

Rick2L

September 26th, 2013

” …it doesn’t violate the Olympic charter’s anti-discrimination clause… ” The clause is wrong.

SharonB

September 26th, 2013

I will not be watching this neo-fascist Olympic$.

jerry

September 26th, 2013

It amazes me that people still don’t recognize the IOC as a bunch of whores.

TampaZeke

September 26th, 2013

Why should we be surprised? This is the same IOC that found no violation of the Olympic Charter and principles in Nazi Germany and China!

You want to see the IOC come down hard on a violation of their Charter and principles? Try wearing a rainbow pin or painting your finger nails in rainbow colors while competing! THEN you’ll see some action!

Richard Rush

September 26th, 2013

IOC: Ignominious Olympic Committee

Joseph Singer

September 26th, 2013

This is the same Olympic committee that for the 2012 summer Olympics would not dive one damned minute to commemorate the Israeli athletes who were murdered in Munich 1972. All the IOC cares about is how much money they can grab from broadcasters and the host city. This is the same Olympic committee that sued the “Gay Olympics” for using Gay and Olympics together and is the reason we have the Gay Games rather than the Gay Olympics. Corrupt bastards.

Donny D.

September 26th, 2013

Maybe I’m misremembering, but hasn’t the IOC always been homophobic? Didn’t they ban the use of the name The Gay Olympics, while letting pretty much every other group that wanted to have some kind non-professional games called The [whichever] Olympics?

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