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If There Is “A Groundswell Of Support,” The IOC Might Add Nondiscrimination Rules For Future Hosts

But it’s not currently under discussion in a review of the Olympic bidding process, an IOC spokesman said.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Phil Noble / Reuters

An International Olympic Committee spokesman opened the door on Tuesday to requiring future Olympic hosts to abide by specific rules against discrimination, possibly including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

“We have made it absolutely crystal clear that Principle 6 [of the Olympic Charter] covers all forms of discrimination,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams told reporters when asked whether adherence could become a requirement for future host cities.

Adams added that this could be included in IOC President Thomas Bach’s initiative to review Olympic administration and the bidding process, dubbed Agenda 2020. Principle 6 adherence is not currently a part of that review, Adams said, but said that “it could be” if “there is a groundswell of opinion.”

The LGBT-rights organization All Out and the LGBT-athletes group Athlete Ally announced on Monday that they would mount efforts to get the IOC to add nondiscrimination requirements for future host cities.

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