“We want to be bribed with a clean conscience!”
The International Olympic Committee, currently trailing FIFA in their never-ending battle for most hypocritical sports organization (despite a recent challenge from the NFL) has done what it is so often best at.
Wait until the stakes are lowest and their pockets’ fullest before sort of paying lip service to the right thing.
After the controversy that surrounded Russia’s anti-gay laws before
the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
has introduced a specific anti-discrimination clause to its host city
In a letter to prospective bidders for the 2022 Winter Olympics
informing them of changes to the contract, which acts as a binding
agreement between the IOC and the winner, director of sport Christophe
Dubi said the new clause would be based on principle 6 of the Olympic
The clause reads: “Any form of discrimination with regard to a
country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or
otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic movement.”
One would think they could just say “sexual orientation,” but no, “otherwise” is a nice elastic statement allowing a nice payment for definitional obtuseness in the future.