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Billie Jean King warns athletes against taking part in LGBT protests at Sochi Games

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  1. In that case why doesn’t Ms King support a boycott? It’s not all about the athletes, is it?

  2. Er.. I fail to see how it’s going to “help the LGBT community in Russia” if a bunch of American’s turn up for a couple of weeks, leap about a bit, wave, say nothing and then leave.

  3. Al Robinson 9 Jan, 6:39pm

    Fundamental Principles of Olympism

    5. 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

    Therefore by promoting LGBT rights within the Olympic movement you are simply re-enforcing this objective and not making a political statement.

    As long as the athletes do not direct any LGBT support specifically at Russia (or any other country for that matter) itself then they should not be under any risk of disqualification. In fact, they should be praised as good Olympians right?

  4. Mr Stuie 9 Jan, 6:55pm

    The only time politics comes into play is when the people opposed to human rights use politics as a weapon with which to assault others, make them lesser under the law, and stop them from being who they are.
    Being LGBT is not a political position.

    1. Philipem 9 Jan, 7:30pm

      I qute agree that waving gay flags, wearing rainbow, etc are not POLITICAL statements within the meaning of Rule 50. They are messages of support to fellow athletes, or symbols of personal identity…

  5. sparky 9 Jan, 7:03pm

    ““I just think it’s important that we’re seen and we’re out and we’re free,””

    But quite because of the Olympic roles, which she’s not even going to condemn

    So is she there as a supposed criticism of the homophobia or, in reality, is she there as a sop to GBLT activists so we’ll shut up and let the straight folks enjoy their sports without having to worry about the pesky gay folk?

    Sounds like the latter

  6. Princess Anne, Britain’s representative on the International Olympic Committee, has been very quiet on this issue.

    1. We won’t hear any kind words from that generation of royals. At the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s Princess Anne referred in a speech to haemophiliacs as the “innocent”victims of AIDS. In contrast, I presume, to the other “guilty” way of catching it.

  7. Colin (Queenstown/London) 9 Jan, 8:28pm

    Ok it’s not my life but I do not agree.
    You cannot have it both ways.
    You cannot say it’s ok to perform in a country that promotes anti-gay behaviour and stop human rights for gay people. This is against the rules of the Olympics. Then you say protests are against the rules.

    No all rules are gone now. If the USA, UK etc., turn up at the OLympics then they are saying Clearly they agree with Russia. I hope there are massive protests. Make this a laughing stock and one the planet will remember for 100 of years.
    Human Rights first.

  8. Christopher in Canada 10 Jan, 1:47am

    The athletes may be arrested and have to endure days of abuse in prisons before being released.

    Messiahs die young – Men Without Hats

  9. BlokeToys 10 Jan, 11:27am

    I’m confused.
    The Olympic Charter also expressly states that the IOC supports democracy and the rights of individuals to celebrate sports in an open and free way.

    So, it seems that Ms. King is only looking at the more convenient aspects of the charter in order to “not cause a fuss”.

    How can someone quote the IOC charter in one breath, while ignoring the basic principles of the charter in another?

    Sorry love, I admired you, but you’re now coming across as yet another misinformed apologist, ignorant to the real harm being done and detached from the reality of the situation.

    The most sickening thing is that so many people seem to think that the athletes “right” to glory is more important than the Human Rights of the many hundreds of thousands of people at risk of serious harm in that near-fascist nation.

    I wonder if she would have been saying the same prior to the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany – lets not cause a fuss, the athletes “deserve” their 15 minutes of fame no matter the cost

  10. I am GUTTED! I thought King had some principles…. Epic fail!

  11. jonathan 12 Jan, 6:12pm

    I;m disappointed with Billie Jean’s views. What annoys me is that the Olympic Charter refuses to permit people to use their right of freedom of speech- which contravines the UN charter of Human ,Rights and the European charter. Still the 1936 Olympocs proceeded even though everybody knew what the Nazis were already doing to the disabled, people with mental health problems so the IOC havent improved in 80 years. This restriction of my human rights is why i would not take part in any Olympic events

  12. Who gives a sh*t what the IOC says? Why play by their rules. They have stuck to fingers up at the LGBT community by cosying up with that vile turd Putin.

    I say go to activists why not go to Sochi and cause as much grief for the IOC and the Russians as humanly possible. If you are prepared to go there and be arrested it might as well be for something worht being arrested for. Rainbow flour bomb the opening ceremony. yell slogans during speeches and medal presentations, deface sponsors branding; anything that gets screen time and draws attention to what the Russians and the IOC would like to cover up.

    The IOC had a chance to speak out on this, as did the main sponsors of the Games, they chose not to bother, so why should anyone care what they think. They are in it for the money, so we should make sure it costs them.

    I want to see an unconfortable IOC Chief trying to explain why his games are taking place in a country where people don’t have the right to freedom.

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