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IOC convinced there will be no discrimination at Sochi Olympics

Sep 26, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

Jean-Claude Killy, Gilbert Fell, Jean-Benoit Gauthier AP

Russia’s law banning gay propaganda toward minors doesn’t violate the Olympic charter, and Russia is ready to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee said Thursday.

“The Olympic Charter states that all segregation is completely prohibited, whether it be on the grounds of race, religion, color or other, on the Olympic territory,” IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Jean Claude-Killy said in French, according to The Associated Press.

Killy said he was convinced Russia will respect the Olympic Charter.

“That will be the case, we are convinced,” he said. “Another thing I must add: the IOC doesn’t really have the right to discuss the laws in the country where the Olympic Games are organized. As long as the Olympic Charter is respected, we are satisfied, and that is the case.”

(An earlier version of The Associated Press story quoted Killy saying he was “fully satisfied” over Russia’s anti-gay law. The AP misquoted Killy and amended the story.)

Killy and the IOC Coordination Commission concluded its 10th and final inspection of Sochi before the opening ceremony Feb. 7.

“Our impression is unanimous, everything is very impressive,” Killy said, according to R-Sport. “Everything is almost in place, there are just a few minor things that have to be done, but those minor things, those details make a great difference,” he said without going into detail. “There are still a lot of things to be done.”

Killy, the triple Olympic Alpine skiing champion in 1968, said the commission deliberated for several days before reaching its conclusion on the anti-gay law, which was passed in June.

Killy’s statement agrees with what then-IOC president Jacques Rogge repeated in August:

“We have received strong oral but also written reassurances that there will be no discrimination for the people who will attend the Games in Sochi,” Rogge said. “We are going to inform all the National Olympic Committees and the athletes who want to have clarity that we are being comforted by the fact that the Russian Federation agrees to respect the Olympic Charter.”

In August, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning gatherings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets for a 2 1/2 month stretch around the Olympics.

Sunshine splashed Sochi on Thursday, a welcome sight after floods and mudslides caused a state of emergency in the Olympic host city. Killy said there was no damage and that a similar event in February would not stop the Games.

“I understand this is a historic event,” Killy said, according to R-Sport. “It would go unnoticed during the Games.”

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  1. mogogo1 - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    IOC fully satisfied that all checks have cleared.

    • drewsylvania - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      We shall see if Russia follows through on its “oral and written assurances”.

  2. drewsylvania - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Where would this rank in a list of atrocities committed by Olympics-hosting countries?

  3. credd2013 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I’m sick of this pro-gay bigotry — if it’s for gays it’s ok, against gays is bad. Suffice to say people decide how they decide. Don’t like it, stop trying to force your homosexual views on the world. If they don’t want to accept gays, BIG DEAL! Where’s that gay gene at again?

    • drewsylvania - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      LOL.

    • masterpjj - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      Sorry crudd2013, your feeble understanding of the world makes it almost impossible to explain genetics to you. Try starting with a course in something called S-C-I-E-N-C-E… then maybe in 40 years you’ll know enough to discuss genetics intelligently. Your attempted insult exposes your ignorance.

      • spencerbjohnson - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        @masterpjj So he challenges someone on the fact that there is no “gay gene” and all you can come up with is “science?” lol You sure shut him up! I think that if a homosexual can fight for what he or she believes in, then people who are against homosexuality have that same right as well.

        The words may be negative, but that doesn’t mean he or she doesn’t have the right to speak them. And speaking of ignorance: if you want to sound intelligent, come up with more than a blanket “science” term for your answer.

        Lastly @nothanksimdriving, I doubt we can determine one’s brain capabilities by judging alone on if we think homosexuality is right or wrong. If you are for homosexuality, then grow up and respect another man’s beliefs instead of trying to question their education like an eight year old. This world is full of different people and who are you to say what’s right or wrong to believe in?

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Spencer, you call me an 8-year-old, but failed to respond to what I actually said. I stood up for your legal right to dislike various aspects of our world. Homosexuality exists as a natural variation of human sexuality. It is neither right nor wrong. You don’t like that. I am not “for homosexuality” any more than I am “for left-handedness”. But like a growing number of people, I am for my gay cousins having the same legal rights as I enjoy. And while you are indeed welcome to cling to ancient misinformation and beliefs, if you were to become better informed on the science of sexual orientation, there’s a reasonable chance you would join us in supporting legal fairness. And lastly, who am I “to say what’s right or wrong to believe in?” An intelligent adult, that’s who. The Nazis were and remain wrong, the KKK were and remain wrong, al Qaeda and the Taliban were and remain wrong, and those who would deny gays legal equality are indeed also wrong.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Credd: I don’t recall ever hearing about a genetic origin for some twins being born conjoined, but some things happen in the womb that create natural variations. All the scientific and anecdotal evidence collected from around the world so far points to minority sexual orientations being such a natural variation. You are under no legal obligation to like this or any other reality. You can urge the repeal of the laws of gravity if you wish. You can try to ban left-handed people from marrying. Or you can become educated and join those of us seeking fairness and equality under the law for our gay cousins.

      • spencerbjohnson - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        @nothanksimdriving I think everyone can agree the ACTIONS of nazis or al Qaeda are wrong. I am talking about people here in America and their right to believe in what they choose. You have the right to say someone is wrong (like nazis or al qaeda), but it is simply your opinion. I respect your use of science, and your own thoughts towards homosexual’s rights. But I refuse to be bullied from being able to freely believe in the Bible and what it teaches without being subject to hurtful words (“cling to ancient misinformation and beliefs…”). I can respect another person’s ideals, but it would be nice if the respect is reciprocated.

        Again, it’s not the actions that I defend, its the right to believe in whatever you choose here in America, the right we all are given for living in this country.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        Spencer, been busy, just got back to this. As Sen. Daniel Moynihan said decades ago, we are entitled to our own beliefs but not our own set of facts. Not only have Nazis, the KKK and Taliban, et al, engaged in vile actions, they also got many of their facts quite wrong, which fed/feeds their sad beliefs and vile actions. So I fully agree it is your right to believe that your god will punish gay people after they die, and we can disagree amicably on that. But IF you are among those who cling to the misinformation that people choose their sexual orientation or are lured into it by nasty adults, despite all scientific and anecdotal information to the contrary, then you need to update your set of facts. The color of my socks is a matter of fact. Were you to see them and say they are green, you would be wrong. Whether that color goes well with the rest of my clothing is a matter of taste/opinion.

  4. Matthew - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Reblogged this on Carolina Mountain Blue and commented:
    Cowards…that’s what the IOC has become, cowards.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Matthew, I up-thumbed, but disagree that the IOC has only just “become” cowards. Read about Avery Brundage and Gretel Bergmann and the Nazi Olympics of 1936 if you think this is a new thing for them.

  5. unczsz1978 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    My comment is:

    Russians KISS MY GRITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We’re Queer, we’re here and we are not going back!!!! (in the closet that is).

    Don’t plan to watch the Olympics at all.

  6. vinst3r - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Nothing new here.

    The IOC was OK with the Berlin Olympics in Nazi Germany.

  7. hjworton46 - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Hypocrisy is rife in the Olympic movement. The Russian award of the Sochi games was financial and political, same as Qatar world cup. Sad but true.

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