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Martina Navratilova: Anti-gay laws make it ‘impossible’ to separate sport from politics at Sochi Games

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  1. I didn’t know that “The athletes are told by the IOC to not make any protests, any statements”! We’ve been hoping that a good number of responsible athletes will do precisely that!

    It’s bad enough that the Russians have forbidden any demonstrations or statements from or regarding athletes, spectators, or Russian citizens being homosexual, but in my view it’s totally unacceptable that the International Olympic Committee has banned such demonstrations or statements from athletes or anybody else!

    The IOC should support the rights of homosexual athletes, homosexual spectators, and the homosexual citizens of all countries, including the host country.

  2. Helge Vladimir Tiller 26 Jan, 7:38pm

    It’s good to see- and read, that M. Navratilova still is a real fighter !

  3. Christopher Coleman 26 Jan, 7:42pm

    The modern Olympics have nothing to do with sport or the individual athlete. It is all about medal tables by country, national anthems, and flag waving. The games are yet one more expression of our present culture that deserves to be ditched.

    1. Rick Smith 26 Jan, 8:27pm

      A overhaul is long overdue how the games are awarded.

    2. True. London 2012 was all the ‘Boris Show’.

      1. The IOC is out of touch just like FIFA is out of touch. And many other sporting bodies are out of touch.

        What their governing bodies do not seem to have appreciated is the rise of social media (including Pink News!) as places where the rest of us exchange views and get new ideas.

        Why on earth do they think that authoritarian countries around the world are seeing social and political unrest against their regimes?

        Why on earth do they think that there is now an increasing international aspect to women’s emancipation, gay rights etc?.

        Blame the internet, blame increased foreign travel before it and blame television and internet news sites for spreading ideas and news ways of thinking around the world faster and more comprehensively than ever before.

        It’s social politics which we’re talking about – NOT party or doctrinal politics.

        Get real IOC!

  4. Rick Smith 26 Jan, 8:08pm

    Politics & policies should not be the primary focus during any Olympics but the IOC itself has made politics & policies a major topic by not speaking out or upholding their own Olympic Charter.Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter states: “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.”

  5. The anti-gay games sends a terrible message to school kids, it sets back all the work done to combat anti-gay bullying in schools, for this reason I don’t think the games are suitable for children to watch.

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