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.