“[T]he USOC must take a more activist position against these heinous Russian laws,” a leading LGBT advocate says. The USOC did not respond to questions about how its nondiscrimination policy squares with its rule that people must adhere to foreign laws when traveling.
The code of conduct now “include[s] specific language banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.”
“[R]estricting the right to act and speak in support of the LGBT community are inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the Olympic and Paralympic movements,” U.S. Olympic Committee chief wrote this week. While in Russia, however, the U.S. chief also said it was his “strong desire that our athletes comply with the laws of every nation we visit.”
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