Gay group petitions IOC

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IOL gay AFP IOC president Thomas Bach is facing calls from a gay rights group over the Olympics selection process, citing the controversy at the Sochi winter games over Russias law prohibiting gay propaganda.

Lausanne, Switzerland – More than 100 000 members of an international gay rights group have sent messages to the IOC urging changes to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books.

The group All Out reiterated its call on the International Olympic Committee to overhaul its selection process, citing the controversy that surrounded the Winter Games in Sochi over Russia’s law prohibiting so-called gay propaganda.

All Out says it delivered its message before Tuesday’s deadline for public submissions on “Olympic Agenda 2020”, IOC President Thomas Bach’s project for reforms that will be voted on in December in Monaco.

All Out says more than 74 000 members signed a petition delivered to the IOC and another 41 000 sent their own messages.

The group wants the IOC to require that host countries have no discriminatory laws in place and future host city contracts include human rights pledges. It also urges the IOC to amend a clause in the Olympic Charter to specifically prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity. – Sapa-AP



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