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New Zealand diplomat to protect LGBT athletes at Russian Winter Olympics

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  1. “IOC Co-ordination Committee Chairman Jean-Claude Killy dismissed concerns over Russian anti-gay legislation. “As long as the Olympic Charter is respected, we are satisfied,” he said.”

    They’re not being respected, and therefore the IOC is just as bigoted and hateful as the Russian government. These idiots seem to think that if they tell a lie often enough it will become the truth.

    We’re on to you Jean-Claude Killy, you’re a liar and a hypocrite, along with every other compliant bigot in the IOC.

  2. I saw a homophobic Halfords ad about some older guy changing a b ttery then getting him to pose naked. It is quite nasty

    1. James, can you say more, please, about this. Can you take a photograph of the ad and post it somewhere like Photobucket, Flickr, or Picasa, and then give us the link to it, please?

    2. Jock S. Trap 21 Oct 2013, 11:19am

      It’s not homophobic your just over sensitive and like to make issues out of nothing.

    3. Godric Godricson 21 Oct 2013, 12:36pm

      Seen the ad. I think it’s good TV and very funny in a ‘Royston Vasey’ sort of way. Would love a sequel!

  3. I wish the Olympic committee would just admit what everyone is thinking, that the whole charter goes out the window when the cost of moving / cancelling the games gets high.

    The fact is, its clear they never thought any country would actually be in conflict with the charter, so now a country is conflicting with it they are just finding ways to sugar coat it because they have no way of enforcing the charter or the will to pay to enforce it

  4. Countries should be reimbursed by Russia for having to send extra security for the safety of their participating citizens. ..or have the Olympic committee find the balls to just relocate the Olympics if the venue is not a secure location. Any injury or imprisonments will be on them.

  5. Jock S. Trap 20 Oct 2013, 11:03am

    “IOC Co-ordination Committee Chairman Jean-Claude Killy dismissed concerns over Russian anti-gay legislation. “As long as the Olympic Charter is respected, we are satisfied,” he said.”

    Or in other words “As long as Gay people go back into the closet, we are satisfied.”

    It’s simply not good enough and I am pleased New Zealand has spoken up to make a point AND actively seeking to protect it’s LGBT athletes.

    Now time for the UK and all other decent countries to follow suit.

  6. Such integrity from a small country like NZ, it would be helpful if some larger powers would step up to the plate.

  7. The governments of participating athletes should just issue all the competitors diplomatic passports. Diplomatic immunity, you know.

    As for the IOC’s “assurances” — horsepucky.

  8. alwaysniceman 20 Oct 2013, 1:22pm

    Athletes… What about the fans???

    1. Nobody seems yet to have given the travelling spectators, who may be gay, any consideration or protection at all.

  9. It’s a great start. Keep the momentum going and sign the petition telling the IOC to keep Olympic Athletes, Spectators, and Participants safe at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/change-the-anti-discrimination-clause-in-the-olympic-charters-so-it-includes-sexual-orientation.html

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