President Brack Obama announced in a press conference on Friday that he does not support the idea of boycotting the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Though still many months away, the Sochi Games have already come under fire due to a recent law passed by Russia that bans gay propaganda.
Obama’s statement, via USA Today Sports:
Nobody is more offended than me by some of the anti-gay and lesbian legislation that you’ve been seeing in Russia.
I do not think it’s appropriate to boycott the Olympics. We’ve got a bunch of Americans out there who are training hard, who are doing everything they can to succeed.
One of the things I’m really looking forward to is maybe some gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold or silver or bronze, which I think would go a long way in rejecting the kind of attitudes that we’re seeing there. And if Russia doesn’t have gay or lesbian athletes, then it probably makes their team weaker.
Stop the presses! You mean President Obama has a somewhat contradictory stance on an important issue? I am SHOCKED!
Jesting aside, Obama’s statement falls in line with most of the rhetoric about the Sochi Olympics: the anti-gay propaganda law is reprehensible, but the show must go on. What do you say, FanSiders? Should a boycott occur? Would forfeiting the Olympics unfairly punish hard-working athletes? Share your thoughts in the comments.
[Source: USA Today Sports]