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IOC President wants to add sexual orientation to Olympic policy against discrimination

IOC President wants to add sexual orientation to Olympic policy against discrimination

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is recommending that sexual orientation become one of the protected classes listed in the non-discrimination policy of the Olympic Charter.

The IOC underwent heavy criticism for many months leading up to the Sochi Olympics this year because they were held in Russia, a country that has an anti-gay propaganda law.

The policy would be part of Principle 6 of the charter. The proposal will be considered at the full IOC meeting in Monaco on 8 December.

Principle 6 currently states: ‘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.’

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis is pushing hard for approval of an amended policy.

‘The International Olympic Committee must seize this opportunity to protect Olympic attendees and affirm its commitment to equality across the globe,’ she said in a statement.

‘No athlete or fan should face fear of discrimination because of who they love.’

The IOC, earlier this year, voted that adherence of Principle 6 of the charter must be part of any contracts with host cities for future Olympics.