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International Association of Athletics Federations calls on Russia to review anti-gay laws

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  1. Firstly Nick Davies, my lifestyle is not alternative.

    Secondly, you can call on Russia to change it’s laws all you want, they are not going to listen.

    The only thing that can be done is to cancel or postpone any events that are due to take place in Russia.

  2. Kerry Hollowell 7 Aug 2013, 12:37pm

    we do not have to respect the laws of the land when the laws are disgusting and inhumane, get a grip Nick Davies!

  3. A very sad, regrettable and mealy-mouthed response! There ARE things that are more important than another athletics meeting … would Mr Davies have supported the 1936 Berlin Olympics???
    South Africa was shunned for its racial apartheid policies …. sexual apartheid is no different!!!!

  4. Frank Boulton 7 Aug 2013, 1:13pm

    What a pathetic thing to say! “We have to respect the laws of the land.” The Holocaust was legal. Apartheid was legal. The Russian government’s discriminatory legislation should be given no more respect than either of those two atrocities.

  5. Jock S. Trap 7 Aug 2013, 1:37pm

    Surely Human Rights should be a given and not have phrase “overshadowed by politics” in it, anywhere.

  6. Maybe the IOC should be boycotted as well

  7. “LIFESTYLE”?!!!!! What kind of nonsense is this? As for the games not being “overshadowed by politics”, stuff you. This is not politics. This is taking a stand and doing what is right, based on any kind of decent moral compass. The right thing to do is to boycott the olympics and show Russia that its draconian laws make it unfit to participate in any kind of international event. Come on, shape up!

  8. Paula Thomas 7 Aug 2013, 3:25pm

    Too little, too late. The World Athletics Championships should have been taken away from Russia the minute the anti–gay laws started to come in.

    How are LGBT athletes ever going to have the confidence to come out publically if they have to compete in countries like Russia.

  9. The athletics championships in Moscow has already been overshadowed by anti-gay politics. It needs to be shelved or moved elsewhere.

  10. Peter & Michael 7 Aug 2013, 4:57pm

    This is not about politics, it is about ordinary people, we believe that anybody going to these games will be arrested merely for looking ‘Gay’, the IOC are not at all bothered as they seem a homophobic organisation, which will not protect paying spectators. We understand that a world wide boycott of these winter games in Russia will not suffice, the games should be moved to another country that believes in freedoms of their citizens as soon as possible.

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