Putin permits Sochi games athletes and spectators to be gay

30/07/2013
Submitted by ILGA-Europe

Reposted from New Europe: http://www.neurope.eu/article/putin-permits-sochi-games-athletes-and-spectators-be-gay?utm_content=buffer547d8&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=Buffer

But may not be allowed to protest 'homophobic' laws

The 2014 Sochi Olympic Games is going to be more 'gay friendly' than predicted after Russian President, Vladamir Putin soothed the concern of gay activists, business and others.

The International Olympics Committee (IOC) released a statement announcing that they "received assurances from the highest level of government in Russia that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games."

Putin recently approved a controversial law that prohibits the "promotion of non-traditional relationships" that is seen as another persecution of Russian homosexuals. Gay pride parades and similar demonstrations have been met with official bans and often violence.

The sporting body added, "The International Olympic Committee is clear that sport is a human right and should be available to all regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation. The Games themselves should be open to all, free of discrimination, and that applies to spectators, officials, media and of course athletes. We would oppose in the strongest terms any move that would jeopardise this principle.”


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