International Olympic Committee Disregards Olympic Charter to Support Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws

13 Aug

Following yesterday’s post about the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to enforce Rule 50, I looked a little further into the Olympic Charter to see what it says.

imagesRule 50, which IOC officials said yesterday would be enforced should athletes choose to carry a rainbow flag or wear a rainbow pin, states that:

“No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”
This is a rule they admittedly only enforce selectively and would do so in accordance with anti-gay Russian law. Strangely enough in my research I can’t find any time in history where this rule has applied to religious athletes demonstrating their religion in the Olympic sphere despite it happening frequently.
What I did find were the “Fundamental Principles of Olympism.” These 7 fundamentals one would think might trump the 61 rules and by-laws of said rules. Among those are numbers 4 and 6, shared below:
67734. The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
6. Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.

It would seem that in the interest of covering for Russia’s “Gay Propaganda” law, the IOC has made the decision to utterly disregard 2 of the 7 Fundamental Principles of Olympism.

The Olympic Charter can be read in it’s entirety here.

6 Responses to “International Olympic Committee Disregards Olympic Charter to Support Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws”

  1. leslie mclafferty August 13, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Unless the athlete’s are you to suck each other off while they are competing, they rules are not being violated. They can still compete whether they are gay or not.

    • Jamie McGonnigal August 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

      It’s so cute when ignorant bigots make comments. It’s fun because it’s always clear they never made it past 3rd grade grammar.

    • Bigots are Hilarious August 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

      Nice spelling and grammar, too. Idiot.

  2. Mark Feldberg September 26, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    The olympic commitee doesn’t object to the anti-gay law ???? These damnn money sucking prestige building as%^les make me sick . They are a bunch gutless pigs who wouldn’t make a stand against any country who laws are biggoted. I hope the athletes boycott Russia and no one shows up.

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