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International Olympic Committee Expresses Concern About Russia’s Gay Propaganda Law

July 17th, 2013 Jasmin Frankel
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The International Olympic Committee has released a statement about their concern over Russia’s “gay propaganda” law and its potential affect on participating athletes. In the statement released to the Windy City Times the IOC claims that it will work to ensure athletes and workers are not discriminated against during the duration of the games. “As you know, this legislation has just been passed into law and it remains to be seen whether and how it will be implemented, particularly as regards the Games in Sochi. As a sporting organization, what we can do is to continue to work to ensure that the Games can take place without discrimination against athletes, officials, spectators, and the media. Wider political issues in the country are best dealt with by other international organizations more suited to the endeavor,” they stated. They also wrote that sport is a human right and should be available to everyone regardless of race, sex, or sexual orientation. [towleroad]

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