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September 5, 2013

Outgoing president Jacques Rogge has said they are considering Yelena Isinbayeva's role as an ambassador after her anti-gay comments

The Olympics president has admitted he is powerless to stop the anti-gay laws during the Sochi Winter Games.

Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee’s outgoing president, has said the world organization can do little to nothing.

Speaking in Buenos Aires, he said: ‘We have received some oral and written assurances about the fact the Russian Federation will respect the Olympic charter and no negative effect will occur for people attending in or participating in the Games.

September 5, 2013

Outgoing president Jacques Rogge has said they are considering Yelena Isinbayeva's role as an ambassador after her anti-gay comments

The Olympics president has admitted he is powerless to stop the anti-gay laws during the Sochi Winter Games.

Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee’s outgoing president, has said the world organization can do little to nothing.

Speaking in Buenos Aires, he said: ‘We have received some oral and written assurances about the fact the Russian Federation will respect the Olympic charter and no negative effect will occur for people attending in or participating in the Games.

August 26, 2013

Despite assurances from Russian government that gays will be punished, presidential candidate for the International Olympic Committee Ng Ser Miang has expressed his approval about the upcoming games

An International Olympic Committee (IOC) presidential candidate is confident the Sochi Winter Olympics next year will be ‘wonderful’.

Ng Ser Miang, who could replace current IOC president Jacques Rogge on 10 September, made a statement from his office in Singapore today.

He believes the rights of LGBT athletes and spectators will be protected at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, despite Russia’s anti-gay law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’ and conflicting reports from Russian government as to how the laws will apply during the Olympics.

August 22, 2013

International Olympic Committee says Russia will not actively 'discriminate against homosexuals', despite the anti-gay laws being fullly in force during the Sochi Winter Games. 

Russia has defended its ‘gay propaganda’ laws in a letter to the International Olympic Committee.

The government has said it will not ‘actively discriminate against homosexuals’ during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The IOC has said in previous statements they had received guarantees ‘from the highest level’ that the law will not be enforced during the Winter Games, but these assertions may not be entirely accurate.

August 20, 2013

The International Olympic Committee needs to show its commitment to both helping Russia’s LGBT community through the Sochi Winter Olympics and tackling homophobia in sport

As the approach of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games raises attention to the official and unofficial homophobia of host country Russia, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) responses, or lack thereof, are increasingly disturbing.

Despite the rising calls for action, the IOC has remained impervious to appeals to work together to identify the problem and propose solutions.

August 20, 2013

The International Olympic Committee needs to show its commitment to both helping Russia’s LGBT community through the Sochi Winter Olympics and tackling homophobia in sport

As the approach of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games raises attention to the official and unofficial homophobia of host country Russia, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) responses, or lack thereof, are increasingly disturbing.

Despite the rising calls for action, the IOC has remained impervious to appeals to work together to identify the problem and propose solutions.

August 20, 2013

Russia’s Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality has called for the Sochi Winter Olympics to be moved to another country while their homeland continues to persecute gays

A group of Russian heterosexual allies of LGBT people has written an open letter to the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and world leaders calling for the Winter Olympics to be moved to another country while Russia continues to persecute homosexuals.

The Straight Alliance for LGBT equality is a Russian social movement founded in May of 2012 in St Petersburg and has nearly 10,000 followers on the VK social media website.

August 12, 2013

Forget the Russian police, athletes who back gay rights during Sochi’s Winter Games may be punished by the Olympic Committee

The International Olympic Committee will likely stop any athlete who shows solidarity for LGBT Russians at the Sochi Games, GSN can reveal.

Gay Star News asked the global Olympic bosses what they were planning to do to ‘make sure the LGBT community in Russia can have a visible, proud, safe presence at the games’.

But the IOC replied the games were not the place for ‘political’ statements. Any participant who steps out of line may be punished, not by the Russians but by Olympic chiefs themselves.

August 11, 2013

Pride House International calls on the International Olympic Committee to protect LGBT athletes from discrimination ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics 

Sport groups are seeking added protections for LGBT athletes participating in Olympic events.

Pride House International, a coalition of human rights and sport organizations, is urging the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to include sexual orientation and gender identity in its charter.

Currently, only race, religion, politics and gender are included under the charter’s criteria for which discrimination is prohibited.

August 9, 2013

'We don't understand all the details because of probably a difficulty in translation'

The International Olympic Committee today asked Russia for 'further clarification' on how its anti-gay propaganda law will be applied during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

IOC President Jacques Rogge said at a news conference that they have received 'reassurances' from Deputy Prime minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak who is in charge of the organization of the Games in Sochi.

August 9, 2013

'We don't understand all the details because of probably a difficulty in translation'

The International Olympic Committee today asked Russia for 'further clarification' on how its anti-gay propaganda law will be applied during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

IOC President Jacques Rogge said at a news conference that they have received 'reassurances' from Deputy Prime minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak who is in charge of the organization of the Games in Sochi.

July 31, 2013

'We know that LGBT athletes are not alone in being revolted by these laws and the behavior of Russian authorities'

A coalition that includes some of the largest international LGBT sports organizations is calling on the International Olympic Committee to host a Sochi Pride House at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The request comes due to host Russia's recently enacted anti-gay laws which have others calling for a complete boycott of the games.

July 31, 2013

'We know that LGBT athletes are not alone in being revolted by these laws and the behavior of Russian authorities'

A coalition that includes some of the largest international LGBT sports organizations is calling on the International Olympic Committee to host a Sochi Pride House at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The request comes due to host Russia's recently enacted anti-gay laws which have others calling for a complete boycott of the games.

July 26, 2012

International LGBTI activists say the new policy for testing if female athletes are ‘real women’ is ‘unscientific, discriminatory and ineffective’

With the 2012 Summer Olympics set to open tomorrow, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) faces a new scandal over its gender testing.

The gender verification policy is designed to determine whether intersex athletes should compete as women or men.

Intersex people may quite naturally produce higher levels of male or female than average for their identified gender.

July 23, 2012

Demonstration outside IOC's hotel in London urges for ban on Olympics ban for countries which discriminate in sport

Protesters called on Olympics bosses to enforce its charter on discrimination and end homophobia in sport.

Yesterday (22 July), renowned gay rights activist Peter Tatchell led the demonstration outside the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, London, which is hosting the International Olympic Committee for the duration of the 2012 games.

'The IOC should disqualify from the Olympics countries that discriminate against athletes on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, religion/belief, sexual orientation or gender identity,' Tatchell said.

July 20, 2012

A tiny fraction, far less than 1%, of athletes at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will be openly LGBT – meet the few who are going for gold

With Olympics bosses accused of failing to stand up for the rights of gay athletes, just how many out LGBT sportsmen and women are there competing in this year’s games? The answer: Not a lot.

According to blog Outsports.com, there are only 18 athletes playing for our team out of a total of 12,602. That’s a shocking less than 0.008%.

July 19, 2012

Activist Peter Tatchell slams IOC for 'ignoring' his calls for countries to sign equality pledge or face a ban from the games

Olympics bosses have been slammed as ‘all talk and no action’ after ‘ignoring’ calls to ban countries which discriminate against LGBT people in sport from taking part in the games.

In a response to Gay Star News, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) claimed ‘any unsporting behavior’ would be a ‘serious breach’ of the event’s charter.

July 18, 2012

Activist Peter Tatchell calls on nations to sign 'equality pledge' for LGBT rights or be banned from London 2012

Activist Peter Tatchell has written an open letter to Olympic bosses urging them to make a stand for gay rights by banning homophobic countries from competing in the games.

In an open letter to Olympic chiefs Jacques Rogge and Lord Coe, Tatchell calls on participating countries which are known to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to sign a pledge supporting equal rights or be disqualified from the sporting event.