IOC adds anti-discrimination clause following criticism of Sochi Olympics

Many international protesters called for a boycott of the 2014 Sochi games.

Many international protesters called for a boycott of the 2014 Sochi games.

The International Olympic Committee has this week added a non-discrimination clause to its host-city contract meaning that future Olympic hosts will be must work to avoid discrimination of any form towards international participants.

The new contract states that ‘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.’

Changes to the host city contract were made to ensure that all participants in future Olympic events will be free from all discrimination, regardless of the local laws of that city of nation.

News of the change comes after the Russian city of Sochi faced widespread international criticism following its policy of LGBT issues during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Russian laws meant that international participants of the games were banned from any behaviour that could be considered to ‘promote homosexuality’ due to the country’s anti-‘gay propaganda’ act.

Many countries participating in the 2014 games expressed concern over the Russian laws and called for the IOC to take action to prevent future repeats of what happened.

Among the possible host cities for the upcoming 2022 Olympics are Beijing and Almaty, two cities in which homophobic attitudes are common – meaning that local authorities will be made to work against discrimination if they wish to host the international games.

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  1. Inhabitants of the Republic of Kazakhstan request you the help to our state. Officials of the city of Almaty submitted
    the application for holding the winter Olympic Games 2022. The vast majority of residents of Kazakhstan is in a deplorable
    social condition, more than 1/3 below the poverty line. Officials of Kazakhstan are occupied only that to fill the pockets with
    money from sale of resources of the country. Projects for billions of dollars is only a reason for bigger waste of public funds.
    Not an exception and Olympic Games. Residents of Kazakhstan began petition addressed to the management of IOC. The
    essence of the petition consists in the following:

    1. Along with rigidly cut down expenses on the social sphere, expenditure of budgetary funds for doubtful and initially
    unprofitable projects unreasonably grows. It results in social tension and the conflicts of the population to the authorities
    of Kazakhstan.
    2. At implementation of these projects by the Kazakhstan officials suffers not only the budget of the country and the social
    sphere, but also ecology, environment, biological diversity. Under caterpillars of bulldozers there are areas of dwelling of the
    types of flora and fauna which are on the verge of disappearance, included in the Red List of Kazakhstan and the Red list of
    rare and endangered species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
    3. Thus the opinion of inhabitants of the Republic of Kazakhstan is completely ignored, without regard to Konsitution, laws
    of Kazakhstan and the Orkhuss convention and the convention on human rights signed by Kazakhstan. In the international
    committees false information with the purpose to hide brazen violations by officials of all levels of the Kazakhstan legislation
    and the international agreements from eyes of world community is provided.

    Due to the above inhabitants of the Republic of Kazakhstan sign this petition with the requirement to the International Olympic
    Committee to refuse holding the Olympic Games 2022 in the city of Almaty of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

    https://www.change.org/p/в-международный-олимпийский-комитет-отказать-в-проведении-олимпийских-игр-2022-в-городе-алматы

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