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Martina Navratilova: The Olympic Committee is ‘putting their head in the sand’ on LGBT rights

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  1. Christopher in Canada 11 Dec 2013, 9:58pm

    What are the chances that these “protest zones” can be surrounded and overwhelmed by thugs and paddy wagons?

    1. Paddy Wagons? What are they?

      1. It’s a racist term in Canada for a police van. OP is not very bright.

        1. David Myers 14 Dec 2013, 10:43am

          So you are saying that in Canada, the proportion of Irish cops was high enough so that the general public would call a police wagon a “paddy wagon”? I could see it in New York City (with a substantial Irish population as well as, – at one time an anti-Irish popular bigotry, but if its true in Canada, I’ll bet it was imported from the US as a term for a police wagon and doesn’t necessarily have an intended anti-Irish meaning in Canada. If it did come from anti-Irish attitudes in New York they likely dates back to before Canada even became a country.

      2. Basically, police vehicles. The suggestion is that Putin’s corrupt police will likely use the protest areas to pick out people who they can then attack and detain, in order to further scare others from daring to protest.

  2. She’s totally correct. By not taking The Homophobic Games off Russia, The IOC is ignoring the terms of its own Fundamental Principals, item 6 of which says, ‘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.’ Whatever credibility remained has now gone for good.

  3. Helge Vladimir Tiller 12 Dec 2013, 12:16am

    Thank you so much, Martina ! I very well remember your superb career. You had many fans everywhere -a real star. Your opinion is very important. By the way, NICE PICTURE ! Hope you have a rich and wonderful life today- Best wishes ! ( Norway )

  4. Tom Cotner 12 Dec 2013, 3:33pm

    I have yet to understand what all the fuss is about. Yes, the Russian law is bigotry unleashed – but the IOC is now, and always has been about making money — nothing else. To expect them to not go into a country just because of its laws is unrealistic. No, I do not agree with their policy – but I am keenly aware of the way things are with them.

    1. The fuss is about the IOC pretending to give a crap about equality but doing F*** all to ensure it because, as you correctly point out, their real and overriding concern is financial.

  5. Well said, Martina.

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