Russia’s recent move to ban “gay propaganda” has generated a lot of controversy all across the world. Joining in the criticism of the ridiculous, dangerous, and oppressive law is Richard Carrion, head of the International Olympic Committee’s finance commission and candidate for the IOC’s presidential position. (Russia, of course, will be the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.)
Carrion spoke about the issue on Friday:
Looking ahead, a condition to getting the Olympic Games in the future should be to make sure the city does not have laws that discriminate against people in any way, consistent with the Olympic Charter.
I strongly believe in equal rights, including the right to practice sport, for every human regardless of race, nationality, gender or sexual orientation.
The Olympic Games celebrate humanity through respect, friendship and excellence. One of the deepest core values of the Olympic Movement is ‘sports as a human right.’ Nothing should ever stand in the way of that. (Reuters)
Protests against Russia have sprung up around the world, and there have been calls to boycott the Sochi Games. Those interested in learning more about the current (and appalling) political climate in Russia should check out Rich Juzwiak’s article.