Olympic Policy Changes

http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-new-zealand-gay-athletes-20131021,0,3044553.story#axzz2ixZdzaHY

After reading the above article there are many different ways in which these actions can be interpreted.  It is most certainly a human right for a person to be able to be gay without discrimination or abuse from government officials are any other humans.  However it is important to understand the sides of both parties that will be dealing with the situation.  The article states that “New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup plans on competing as an openly gay athlete at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and has said he will wear a rainbow pin on his uniform”.  He is also receiving support from the New Zealand embassy while attending and participating in the games; therefore the current laws in Russia are technically being disobeyed.

Comparatively, in Muslim dominant countries it is seen as a sign of disrespect and in many areas illegal for a woman to not be covered in public places.  Would female athletes abide by these laws outside of venues?  If certain political laws are interfering with participation in the Olympics, the IOC is going to have to begin developing policies in order to protect athletes and expand the potential for host countries.

 It is also important to understand the argument from the side of the Russian government because there are no current policies to prevent them from implementing such laws and acting on them during the Olympics.

My overall point is the IOC should add to their agenda that policies need to be developed to expand sport throughout the world without political interference.

-Anthony

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