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September 26, 2013
As long as the Olympic Charter is respected, we are satisfied. This is the case.
Jean-Claude Killy, IOC delegate and former gold medal skiier • In response to criticisms of Russia’s new anti-gay laws, during a press conference that followed a recent visit of the Sochi facilities by several IOC representatives. Despite widespread criticism of Russia’s new law, the International Olympic Committee says the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi will go forward as planned. source
16:46 // 10 months ago
September 7, 2013
olympics:

Tokyo reacts after being elected as 2020 Olympic Games Host City.

The Olympics will return to Japan in 2020, for the first time since the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. This time Tokyo will play host, having beat out the Turkish capitol of Istanbul in a run-off, despite concerns in recent days that the IOC would shirk Tokyo amid concerns about the ongoing (and we do stress ongoing) radioactivity leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

olympics:

Tokyo reacts after being elected as 2020 Olympic Games Host City.

The Olympics will return to Japan in 2020, for the first time since the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. This time Tokyo will play host, having beat out the Turkish capitol of Istanbul in a run-off, despite concerns in recent days that the IOC would shirk Tokyo amid concerns about the ongoing (and we do stress ongoing) radioactivity leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

20:23 // 10 months ago
August 7, 2013

Let us realize that in fact, sport is cultural. It does not exist in a bubble outside society or politics. The idea that sport and politics don’t connect is worse than disingenuous, worse than stupid. It is wickedly, willfully wrong. Everyone knows politics interconnects with everything for “politics” is simply the Greek for ‘to do with the people’.

An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 on Sochi is simply essential. Stage them elsewhere in Utah, Lillyhammer, anywhere you like. At all costs Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world.

He is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it.

Stephen Fry • In an open letter, published via his personal website on Wednesday, to British Prime Minister David Cameron and all other members of the International Olympic Committee, imploring the IOC to relocate the 2014 Winter Olympics in the wake of Russia’s vow to uphold the country’s new anti-gay laws when athletes from around the globe travel to Sochi next year. source
17:08 // 11 months ago
February 12, 2013
18:08 // 1 year ago