The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) voted to update its nondiscrimination policy to include “sexual orientation” when it met last Thursday to discuss the upcoming winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“The fact that we do not think it is our role to advocate for a change in the Russian law does not mean that we support the law, and we do not,” said USOC chief executive officer Scott Blackmun.
The USOC hopes the move will add support to its chairman, Larry Probst, after he publicly advocated for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to update its charter to include sexual orientation ahead of the Sochi Olympics next February. Probst is a member of the IOC, and has been advocating internally for the change ever since Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed the country’s new “don’t say gay” law.
Blackmun says the new U.S. nondiscrimination policy will include specific language barring discrimination based on sexual orientation. (One wonders why it wasn’t there before?)
There was no immediate response from the IOC.
Image: US Olympic Team Facebook
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