To many people, and certainly to FIFA and the IOC, sporting concerns do not, or at least should not, overlap with political ones. This viewpoint is troubling because it downplays the social price of sports.
In the 21st century, an international sports governing body is demonstrating that women sports are still subjected to male hegemony.
Chloie Jonnson is a transgender female and CrossFit athlete fighting for her rights to compete as a female in the CrossFit Games. CrossFit has issue...
Perhaps no transgender issue brings out more anger than the idea of transgender women competing in athletics. This was evident again when a female transgender CrossFit athlete was told, in writing, by the CrossFit governing body that she cannot compete as a woman.
The Olympics are over and maybe those of us who deplore the situation of the LGBT community in Russia can again all sound like we are on the same side.
Are the Games really worth the 51 billion dollars that it cost the struggling Russian people to host them at Sochi?
The Sochi Games will be the most expensive Olympics ever, but will they also be the Olympics that come at the greatest cost to human dignity and equality? Or will the world stand up against hatred and discrimination?
While women have indeed come a long way in the Olympics since they were first allowed to compete in 1900, at times it's been a tough fight.
For the most part, Human Rights Watch's concerns were met either with rebuff, obfuscation or outright misinformation from the Russian government, and the IOC consistently accepted the Russian government's position at face value.
LGBT activists are making it clear that American companies can no longer get away with tacitly supporting foreign regimes that are brutalizing LGBT people. The backlash against such companies is probably only just beginning and will last long after Sochi.
On Monday, October 28, 2013, All Out hired three trucks to circle Coca-Cola's global headquarters in Atlanta with billboards urging the company to call for a repeal of Russia's anti-gay laws before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
My message to Bach is simple: Tepid avoidance of this type of persecution is completely unacceptable. Not only does this position essentially nullify Section Six of the IOC's own charter, but it denies any contributory responsibility for these blatant human rights abuses.
Apollo, Poseidon, Zeus... all the Gods are smiling down from the heavens as a result of the IOC's decision to reinstate wrestling back into the Olympic Games.