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IOC Says it is 'Fully Satisfied' Russia's Anti-Gay Law Does Not Violate Olympic Charter

KillyThe International Olympic Committee will not challenge Russia's ban on "gay propaganda" because it lacks the authority, it said in a news conference on Thursday, the WaPo reports:

IOC officials told a news conference in Sochi, where they were making their final inspection tour before the Games begin Feb. 7, that they were “fully satisfied" that a Russian law banning gay propaganda does not violate the Olympic charter’s anti-discrimination guarantee, the Associated Press reported.

The committee considered its decision for several days, IOC Chairman Jean-Claude Killy (pictured) said, but finally agreed it lacked authority to criticize a host country’s laws if they did not specifically violate Olympic rules.

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  1. Jean-Claude Killy sounds like a leftover from the Vichy regime under the Nazi.

    Posted by: simon | Sep 26, 2013 8:20:29 AM

  2. You've got to be kidding me. Wtf?

    Posted by: Jersey | Sep 26, 2013 8:24:22 AM

  3. Wonder how much money was handed over to them to say that. Corrupt, evil people.

    Posted by: homer | Sep 26, 2013 8:24:53 AM

  4. I won't watch one minute of this on NBC. Or any other channel. Let's hit them where it hurts.

    Posted by: John | Sep 26, 2013 8:44:02 AM

  5. not a great way for killy to come back onto the world stage after 40 years.
    for younger people, he was a super famous skier when i was little boy in the '60s.

    Posted by: woody | Sep 26, 2013 8:45:02 AM

  6. Arresting people for geing gay -- or even SAYING that gay people are equal to straight people -- does not violate the Olympic Charter? Death blow to the IOC.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Sep 26, 2013 8:50:19 AM

  7. But public affection of same sex love or support of LGBT right from straight and gay people will be criminalized?
    While the IOC would allow RELIGIOUS expressions to continue?

    Posted by: Luyten | Sep 26, 2013 8:53:14 AM

  8. I wish the athletes well, but I will not be watching the Olympics. I hope no one watches. Let them win in silence.

    Posted by: Luyten | Sep 26, 2013 8:54:38 AM

  9. I smell a payoff. Plus, if the type of people being discriminated against were blacks or females, etc., the IOC would be up in arms. Rats, all of them.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 26, 2013 8:59:05 AM

  10. Anybody needs more proof IOC is officiaklly anti-gay hate group???

    Posted by: litper | Sep 26, 2013 9:19:25 AM

  11. What do you expect? If Nazi Germany was ok to host the olympics, than it's clearly a very, very low bar.

    Posted by: Petes | Sep 26, 2013 9:38:44 AM

  12. The IOC needs to be disbanded. We need a totally new and fresh start for future Olympic games.

    Posted by: enough | Sep 26, 2013 9:46:38 AM

  13. If China can get the Olympics with their human rights record, then Russia should be a breeze.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 26, 2013 9:50:22 AM

  14. In Winter 2014, Turn off NBC. Not just for the Olympics, but turn it off for good.

    When a powerful television network is complicit in the wind-up to a genocide, it's time to SHUT THEM DOWN.

    Tell your family and friends too.

    ....especially since NBC and the Olympics are now the OFFICIAL SPONSORS of any and all Anti-Gay Hate Laws in any country.

    'Cause, you see, they don't mind the hate. Nope, not at all.

    Posted by: bear | Sep 26, 2013 9:52:35 AM

  15. It doesn't violate the charter? Well, then the Olympic Committee is as guilty. I say, pull out. Simple. Any athlete that sees a medal as more important than one life is badly mistaken.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 26, 2013 10:04:36 AM

  16. The Olympics are supposed to bring the best out of people. Demoralizing fellow athletes based on their sexuality is like a Matador fighting a weakened bull, it isn't fair and it kills the spirit of the games. Today the Olympic flame dies a little more inside all of us.

    Posted by: Jay | Sep 26, 2013 10:06:08 AM

  17. With this kind of attitude, the Sochi Olympics is guaranteed to be a train wreck. I've said it before "this is going to get much worst before it will get better".

    Sponsors and Advertisers (we know who you are) will be forever tied to the most hateful Olympics in recent times. Everything will be overshadowed. No one will care that an athlete won anything because of the complete Russian and IOC disregard for human rights. What an athlete will say or not say on the podium will take precedence to the medal and the flag ceremony will have no real meaning.

    These medals and the obvious "endorsements" that follow will have little value because they will be won during a time when the focus will be all on what happens with this hideous law. The sponsors are already screwed. Whoever wins will be winning a medal that is tainted. No Olympic "star" will emerge, without the constant reminder of the discrimination involved and the silence from the athletes because of the hateful Russian Govt. and the spineless IOC.

    It should NOT be held in Russia, certainly under the current circumstances and really could be changed, but I know that isn't going to become a reality.

    This is not an athletes fault, but they will be the ones to pay.

    They are being put in a impossible situation and played like pawns by the IOC. If they say anything supportive of LBGT rights they will be eliminated from the games, and if they don't say something they will be forever remembered for NOT taking a position and questioned about it when they go home.

    The Worlds attention will be waiting to hear who was arrested today and who did the beatings again. Or how did the arrests go today. Everyone knows that violence will happen.

    However we won't see much of it because the coverage will be blocked by the Russian Govt. and NBC. We will only know about it in bits and pieces, most likely through social media (think Egypt).

    On the TV, we will be told how successful it is and all the athletes back stories on how they worked so hard to be there, but little of the truth on the ground or around the event.

    We have seen this strategy before with news media.

    The Russian Govt, and the IOC have completely ruined the "spirit" on the games with this violent and vague law and it will be forever remembered.

    Posted by: Will | Sep 26, 2013 10:28:22 AM

  18. The best thing we can all do is boycott the Olympics and all who sponsor and support it.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Sep 26, 2013 10:34:26 AM

  19. I think it's high time we gays levy our buying power against the sponsors.
    There are several large name companies sponsoring these Olympic games, and they've all sat back waiting on the IOC to make their statements and decisions, all while toting that they're not the decision makers.

    We're as guilty as the sponsors themselves if we continue to ignore our buying power.

    Posted by: Joey | Sep 26, 2013 10:39:06 AM

  20. Well I am fully satisfied that I will NEVER be watching the Olympics agains because it DOES violate the IOC charter. Once again the IOC is rewarding rape, torture, beating, imprisonment/encampment, silencing, and MURDER of innocent human beings and elevating a monster. Those in charge of the Olympics escaped prosecution after WWII but they will not this time. They will be right in line behind the Russian Nazis to hang for their crimes against humanity.

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 26, 2013 11:02:05 AM

  21. Well, that's a relief; now the unrestricted flow of the River of Graft need not cease. I will not be watching the Olympics.

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | Sep 26, 2013 11:08:10 AM

  22. I agree with boycotting NBC too. I plan to send a letter to Rachael Maddow, Chris Hayes and MHP telling them I will not be watching their shows while this atrocity is going on. I thought I'd really miss Olberman when I wasn't able to see him but I've adjusted, I can adjust to scrapping NBC too.

    Posted by: jersey | Sep 26, 2013 12:16:02 PM

  23. The IOC and its members only respect two things in life, money and power. Sport is simply their vehicle. I know, I know many of them. They are a slimy and smarmy bunch of egotists.

    Posted by: Urbane | Sep 26, 2013 3:43:15 PM

  24. The IOC is wrong. It does violate the Olympic charter, both as a form of discrimination, and for suppressing fundamental free-speech rights, which are essential for gays to live as equals.

    The IOC is correct in acknowledge that they are powerless to affect change to foreign laws. But they are not enforcing their own charter, simply replacing their charter with foreign laws.

    Posted by: Kev C | Sep 26, 2013 5:11:01 PM

  25. This tarnishes every Olympian with bigotry.

    They must speak out.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 26, 2013 5:36:35 PM

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