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SBD Global/February 5, 2014/Olympics
IOC President Asks World Leaders To Stop Using Games For Political Gain
Published February 5, 2014
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NO PLATFORM: REUTERS' Philip O'Connor wrote former Olympic champion and mayor of the mountain Olympic Village Svetlana Zhurova "has appealed to protesters not to use the Games as a platform to protest about gay rights in Russia." Zhurova, who won Gold in the 500m speed skating event at the 2006 Turin Games, said, "I have never seen (this) at any Olympic Games and I would call on the people who are going to protest, that it doesn't make sense." Zhurova said that "sexuality was irrelevant in the context of competition, and that gay and straight athletes would be treated equally" (REUTERS, 2/4). The SYDNEY MORNING HERALD reported Bach was asked "if the Olympic Charter needed revising in light of the controversial Russian anti-gay law that criminalises the promotion of 'non-traditional relations.''' He said that was "likely to be discussed in future meetings of IOC delegates." Bach: "The Olympic Charter is not set in stone. Of course we have to evolve and adapt to modern times" (SMH, 2/5).