Monday, 17 June 2013

IOC's Russian Olympics

Another sporting body, the International Olympic Committee, now faces the same dilemma as FIFA with it's world cup inside Russia. Being as the Russian Olympics are next year, there are now legitimate concerns about the safety of gay athletes and spectators during the time of the Olympics.

The IOC appears to be going the same route as FIFA and saying it will protect foreigners when it's there.
Under the new ‘homosexual propaganda’ law, tourists deemed to be ‘promoting homosexuality’ could be arrested and deported. 

Speaking to Gay Star News, an IOC spokesman said they were ‘concerned’ about the bill becoming law. 

‘The IOC would like to reiterate our long commitment to non-discrimination against those taking part in the Olympic Games,’ they said. 

‘The IOC is an open organization and athletes of all orientations will be welcome at the Games.’ - See more
I dunno, sounds a bit hairy to me. Are athletes and spectators going to be accompanied by IOC people when they're out and about in Russia? I doubt the IOC would have the staff. So what happens to foreigners if they kiss each other in public? This?

 

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