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US Olympic Committee CEO Asks Olympic Athletes To “Comply” With Russian Law

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    • Derek Williams

      So that’s clear then, countries do not have to comply with the Olympic Charter.

      Aug 17, 2013 at 6:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ottoman

      Didja see this queerty? Two women on the Russian team kiss each other on the podium


      Aug 17, 2013 at 6:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • andy_d

      Some history regarding the USOC: This is the same group responsible for suing Dr. Tom Waddell for daring to call what is now the “Gay Games” the “Gay Olympics.” Many in the community feel (including myself) feel that the stress placed upon Dr. Waddell by this lawsuit hastened his death from AIDS related illness.

      Aug 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rational

      It’s all about the MONEY not the athletes, not the games, not the sport…THE MONEY… remember this group would not let the Gay Games be called the “Gay Olympics” because they didn’t want the word Olympics associated with Gay. There may be monetary justice however …the host cities usually find out they have lost money when the Olympics are over. The Olympics and the Host Country both have dirty hands.

      Aug 17, 2013 at 6:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      By comply with they mean, don’t hold hands, don’t look at each other with affection etc..

      Meanwhile, while all these groups are desperately screaming that boycotts don’t work and we all need to shut up, the pressure Russia is under has already caused another entire nation to NOT enact anti-gay laws that they planned to put in place.


      Aug 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • redspyder

      Olympic Creed: The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.

      Scott Blackmun: Comply

      Aug 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Indyenna

      I won’t watch the Winter Olympics. I probably won’t support the Sponsors of the Olympics for that time.

      Aug 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • litper

      Ban Olympic Committee as a HATE organisation!!!

      Aug 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • greybat

      Since when is a CEO the Moral Judge of anything?

      Aug 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • greyhound1954

      Two things. First, Johnny Weir won’t make the Olympic team, so if he’s in Russia, it will be as a private citizen or as a paid commentator/reporter. Second, regardless of what Blackmun is quoted as saying, you can be sure that not only the USOC but also the U.S. State Department have action plans to follow should an American athlete be arrested or otherwise detained by Russian security.

      Aug 17, 2013 at 11:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hf2hvit

      @redspyder: That’s a load of gutter vomit. It’s the winners that get the multi-million dollar endorsements…the STRAIGHT ones, that is…

      Aug 18, 2013 at 12:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hf2hvit

      Scott Blackmun=CHICKEN SHIT

      Aug 18, 2013 at 12:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo

      @Cam: You realise pointing out the tactics are working is cause for censorship here, by the mysterious “Editors”.

      Aug 18, 2013 at 4:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. E. Jones


      Holy crap! Look at the faces of the other two women on the podium–priceless!

      Aug 18, 2013 at 10:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • redspyder


      While it might be a load of ‘gutter vomit’, it still is the Olympic aspiration, as defined by the IOC. When the Head of the USOC says “comply” – in the face of a creed that says the most important thing is to struggle and to have fought well – it sort of suggests that he has no business being involved with the Olympics in the first place.

      Aug 18, 2013 at 10:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Derek Williams

      I don’t think it’s straw man to conclude that by refusing to move or cancel the Winter Olympics, or to take any firm steps whatsoever to ensure equal treatment for all participants in the games, the IOC and now the USOC effectively are endorsing the Russian government’s popular persecution of gay people and all that connotes.

      The official acceptance by the IOC and the USOC of Russia’s law, as one that “must be respected” should be anathema to all who love freedom, and who abhor bad things being done to good people. We therefore have to look elsewhere for progress on this issue.

      The Blood on the hands of Putin:
      • Suspected of having former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko poisoned on foreign soil with Polonium-210. Litvinenko had exposed Russian secret services’ staging Russian apartment bombings and other terrorism acts to bring Vladimir Putin to power.
      • Has made Russia the $1.5 billion arsenal of Assad’s Syria, notably S-300 missile systems.
      • Jailed anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny for 5 years after Navalny had exposed billions of dollars in official corruption.
      • Had whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who had exposed $2.5 million in police fraud, arrested by the very police he exposed, who then tortured him to death in prison, after which Putin commended, promoted and decorated said police.
      • In order to shore up the Russian Orthodox religious voting bloc, passed legislation recriminalising homosexuality, thereby allowing police to ignore mob, gang and individual attacks on gay people, including several torturing murders, and instead arrest those that were attacked on charges of ‘extremism’ and ‘homosexual propaganda’. A 15 year old gay boy was tortured to death, had his body urinated on, and the result posted to social media with his murderers proud and in full view, claiming this was “for the protection of children”; a gay man who had never harmed a soul was “correctively raped” with beer bottles until he bled to death; mobs in the tens of thousands led by Russian Orthodox priests are conducting violent pogroms against LGBT people.
      • Dismissed popular government television presenter Anton Krasovsky from his job on the spot, without entitlements after he came out as gay.

      Russia is the biggest of big disappointments, because it is the home of some of the world’s greatest culture, specifically ballet, music, literature, sculpture, science, architecture and to see its government turn with such vehemence and outright hostility against its LGBT citizens just to garner the religious voters from the Russian Orthodox Church, whose priests are participating in the violent nationwide pogroms against LGBT is utterly horrifying. We expected so much better from this once great nation.

      Aug 18, 2013 at 11:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Derek Williams

      The craven capitulation of the IOC to Russian government bullying cannot be allowed to sit where it is. The IOC and more recently the USOC have in effect endorsed Russia’s recriminalisation of homosexuality by ordering all athletes to “respect Russia’s law” and shut the hell up, right down to painting their fingernails the “right colour” (not Rainbow). If it were ANY other minority, the IOC and the USOC would be calling on Russia to “respect the Olympic Charter” it signed up to. Anything can be turned into a “crime” by a hostile government simply by passing a law. For example Jews became illegal at the stroke of a pen under the Nazis. Would today’s IOC tell Berlin athletes of the day to “respect Nazi law”?

      The IOC and USOC therefore need to be brought in line with their own charter, and insist that Russia abide by it or desist from holding any future events of international goodwill. Same goes for upcoming events in other countries that criminalise homosexuality, including the death penalty. If our government believes as David Cameron clearly does, that Russia’s policy is in breach not only of the Olympic Charter, but of the United Nations International Declaration of Human Rights, to which Russia is also signatory, then words (while still very welcome and very necessary) are not enough. A new kind of “coalition of the willing” governments needs to come together to push back any further inroads against LGBT’s equal right to exist and equal right to happiness.

      What is done today has implications for other minorities. “The arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice” (Martin Luther King).

      Aug 18, 2013 at 11:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ronavila

      thanks for the reminder Andy. The Olympic Charter is meaningless.

      Aug 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1EqualityUSA

      I will not watch the Olympics. I want nothing to do with Russia.

      Aug 19, 2013 at 5:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel-Reader

      It is really appalling that the Olympic people claim sport is a human right. It shows how little they know about human rights, as they are so willing to capitulate to mass human rights violations. Human rights are universal and indivisible. You do not compromise other people’s human rights in the pursuit of sport and the money surrounding it.

      Aug 19, 2013 at 6:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alex-geta

      This is outrageous and more international pressure needs to be applied.
      Please can you spare a few seconds to sign this petition and then share widely.
      Many thanks

      Aug 19, 2013 at 8:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GayTampaCowboy

      Once an issue like BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS takes hold – like this issue – it can overwhelm even the most “established” organizations (IOC) and even a country (Russia).

      No matter how loud the calls are for separating sport from human rights, a conflict is inevitable – and THAT will test how the IOC and Russia respond.

      There will, of course, be THOUSANDS of gay and gay-friendly athletes and supporters attending the Winter Games. Some will avoid public displays of affection over fear of persecution, violence and arrest. Others will embrace such a conflict as a means to continue to elevate the issue of basic human rights.

      How these juxtaposing parties ultimately act – and how the host country and IOC react will resonate to a level that will make history.

      What happens when a gay couple is beaten and killed in Russia during the games? After the “politically-correct” statements being issued by Russia and the IOC, the reality of the impact of this “law” will then have a real HUMAN face.

      It’s my hope that the WORLD will come to understand that when you bid for an Olympic games, there ARE some issues that MUST supersede the host country’s laws. Why? Because if you want to be true citizen of the world, there are SOME issues that can’t be masked or outlawed – basic human rights being one of them.

      Aug 19, 2013 at 11:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Derek Williams

      @GayTampaCowboy: Agreed. Authority relies on the majority of gays being too timid and/or isolated to be able to stand up to persecution successfully. However if all 7 million gays in Russia and all the athletes in the crowd, and the supportive parts of the crowd chime in together, it would utterly overwhelm the authorities who don’t have 7 million prison spaces, even in Siberia.

      I’ve seen this bluff-calling work in Tasmania Australia, when it was illegal to be gay (25 years imprisonment) where gay couples showed up at the local police station to admit openly to being in their relationships. The police refused to arrest them.

      It takes something this big to force policy change, and better still, regime change from the current criminal administration.

      Aug 19, 2013 at 11:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • loren_1955

      Shame shame shame on the American Olympic committee. Indeed the committees effort should focus on the athletes and their performance. HOWEVER, they should also focus on the athletes safety. With no guarantee of safety, these are brave souls to compete.
      Always FOLLOW THE MONEY, reality check here, I believe there is little concern for the athlete as compared with the money.

      Aug 19, 2013 at 6:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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