The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has just made it very clear: any Olympic athlete who engages in any political statement, or show of activism or support for Russia’s LGBT community will be punished, up to and including disqualifying them from competing and sending them home.
As The New Civil Rights Movement reported last week, the International Olympics Committee’s charter states:
No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.
The IOC bylaws clarify this rule:
No form of publicity or propaganda, commercial or otherwise, may appear on persons, on sportswear, accessories or, more generally, on any article of clothing or equipment whatsoever worn or used by the athletes or other participants in the Olympic Games, except for the identification – as defined in paragraph 8 below – of the manufacturer of the article or equipment concerned, provided that such identification shall not be marked conspicuously for advertising purposes.
The “IOC has a clear rule laid out in the Olympic Charter (Rule 50) which states that the venues of the Olympic Games are not a place for proactive political or religious demonstration,” a spokeswoman told GayStarNews. She added:
“This rule has been in place for many years and applied when necessary.
“In any case, the IOC would treat each case individually and take a sensible approach depending on what was said or done.”
Past and present Olympic athletes have been speaking out against Vladimir Putin‘s war on gays, but all have insisted the Games must continue.