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Olympics still waiting on a ‘translation issue’ before it can take a stand on Russian anti-gay laws

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  1. Hmmm lost in translation I don’t think so.

  2. This is the Olympics of 1936 all over again, only this time it’s Russia 2013. If the Olympic committee can’t see that then they are being wilfully blind and couldn’t care less about LGBT people, Russians, athletes or otherwise.

  3. Well at least he didn’t say gay people should just hide their sexuality and they’d have no problem, so it’s a step up from Seth Blatter, but still, they’re both standing on a pretty slimy, rickety ladder

  4. Graham S. 9 Aug 2013, 3:45pm

    No-one should be forced to hide who or what they are. This is very simple. Does this law do this? Yes Does it contravene the Olympic spirit.. yes. Would a gay athlete be able to freely express his/her sexuality to the world in Russia? No… Jacques.. get a spine and do the right thing!

  5. Russia, the IOC and the BOA have made it abundantly clear how little the lives of GBLT people mean to them. Another grossly homophobic group happy to paddle in our blood so long as they get to have their little games

  6. BlokeToys 9 Aug 2013, 5:26pm

    They shouldn’t need a translation, we know what’s happening in Russia.

    This is about the IOC finding an excuse and supporting their statement where they try to focus all the attention on whether people going there could be arrested.

    Even if the Russian government claims that people won’t be arrested and detained or fined, it doesn’t chance the fact that the IOC taking the Olympics to Sochi shows a complete disregard for the basic Human Rights of millions of Russian LGBT people!

    This is just more confirmation to me that the IOC has no intention to do anything about this at all, they;re just looking for an excuse and a distraction, something they can show for points scoring.

    This means that we should be boycotting the sponsors of the games and pressuring the IOC to move them by attacking the one thing they hold dear over everything else – profits.

    If the pressure on the sponsors is big enough, the IOC will be forced to abandon the games or move them.

  7. Robert in S. Kensington 9 Aug 2013, 6:03pm

    Oh please, how much clearer does it get? He’s just stalling, afraid to upset the apple cart. If it was an ethnic group he’d be all over it.

    1. Not strictly true.

      He wasn’t exactly concerned with the human rights abuses being perpetrated by the Chinese government against Tibet prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

      Nor was he too worried about the tens of thousands of people compulsorily evicted from their homes to make way for the stadia for those Olympics.

      He has history in ignoring human rights abuses.

  8. “Sport is a human right”, the IOC affirms. Whilst in Russia, gay people or anyone suspected of being gay have been tortured and killed. Insert ‘life’ instead of ‘sport’, Mr IOC President. The world does not revolve around sport.

  9. It seems to me that the spirit of the Olympic charter is very clear about what should be done, and what we’re seeing here is manoeuvring by lawyers to try and find a loophole in the letter of the law so that the games can proceed. I think we all know what their verdict will be.

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