The Russian Olympic organizing committee is asking the IOC to help them calm the furor over the new Russian law that forbids “homosexual propaganda,” which they’ve interpreted as being even acknowledging that one is gay in public. And the IOC, like good little lapdogs, is hopping right to it.
The head of the Sochi Olympics asked the IOC on Sunday to help “stop this campaign and this speculation” related to the anti-gay law that has been overshadowing preparations for next year’s Winter Games in Russia.
A senior IOC member, meanwhile, said sponsors are “afraid” of the fallout of possible demonstrations in Sochi.
“I think this could ruin a lot for all of us,” marketing commission chairman Gerhard Heiberg said. “We have to be prepared.”
IOC President Jacques Rogge said the Olympic body will remind athletes to refrain from any protests or political gestures during the Feb. 7-23 Sochi Games.
He said the Russian government had made clear the law would not affect the games, and he urged the IOC to convey the message to “those who are still trying to speculate on this very transparent and very clear topic.”
“It’s very important to have your support to stop this campaign and this speculation regarding this issue,” Chernyshenko said.
Then why the need to tell the athletes not to speak out about it? If the law is not going to be applied, then there should be no reason to warn the athletes not to wave rainbow flags during the opening ceremonies or not to speak out against the law in other ways.