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
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
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.
No one is forbidding a sportsman with a nontraditional sexual orientation to come to Sochi. But if he goes out on the street and starts to propagandize it, then of course he will be held accountable. Even if he’s a sportsman, when he comes to a country, he should respect its laws.Russian minister of sports Vitaly L. Mutko • Discussing a policy, to be enforced at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, banning the open display of “homosexual propaganda”—corresponding with a broadly-written law banning the outward display of “nontraditional” sexual relationships in the country. Mutko’s statement goes against an International Olympic Committee claim last week “that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games.”
bapgeek says: For starters, shortformblog, Curling is a Winter Olympic Sport so it’s existence should have little to zero effect on the Summer Games. But yes, it is sad that Wrestling is being dropped from the Summer Olympic Games.
» SFB says: As there are multiple writers on the site and we all write our own opinions, let me be the first to distance myself from Scott and say that I freaking LOVE curling.
However, I also know the IOC runs both the Summer and Winter Olympics, so they do have at least some jurisdiction over one another. But to get back to the main point, replace curling with table tennis. — Ernie @ SFB