IOC could add anti-discrimination clause to bid rules
By Karolos Grohmann
Sochi, Russia (Reuters) - Future Olympic bidders may have to abide by a specific anti-discrimination rule modelled on the Olympic Charter's Principle 6 if they are to be awarded the Games, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday.
Principle 6 says sport does not discriminate on any grounds, including race, religion, politics or gender.
The IOC had to fend off criticism in the run-up to the Sochi Winter Olympics over Russia's anti-gay propaganda law, which critics say curtailed the rights of homosexuals in the country.
They say the IOC has turned a blind eye to the controversial law, which was passed last year.
The law triggered a wave of reaction from athletes and politicians with several world leaders opting not to travel to Russia for the Games.
The IOC has said it cannot dictate laws in a sovereign state but said it had received assurances from Russian President Vladimir Putin there would be no discrimination against homosexuals during the February 7-23 Games.
"We have made it absolutely crystal clear that Principle 6 covers all forms of discrimination," IOC spokesman Mark Adams told reporters when asked whether it could become a pre-condition for cities campaigning to host the Games.
"Could it be changed? It can be changed," he said. Continued...