The International Olympic Committee has moved to ensure that we will never see a repeat of the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia, where the games were constantly overshadowed by Russia’s homophobic laws
All future Olympic host cities will now be required to sign and comply with an anti-discrimination contract confirming that they will follow Fundamental Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter, which reads: “Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”
The move has been applauded by LGBT organisations around the world. Co-founder and Executive Director of All Out, Andre Banks, described the move as an important moment for the world’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens who face discrimination and persecution.
“This is a significant step in ensuring the protection of both citizens and athletes around the world and sends a clear message to future host cities that human rights violations, including those against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, will not be tolerated”, Banks said.
According to International Olympic Committee Sports Director, Christopher Dubi, the new clause will include “the prohibition of any form of discrimination, using the wording of Fundamental Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter.” This clause will ensure that future host cities must abide by international human rights standards in order to host the games, including the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens and athletes.