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Olympic Plan to Bar Discrimination in Host Cities Is Just Lipstick on a Pig

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Cyd Zeigler

Forgive me if I'm not popping the champagne. In reality, this is nothing more than a publicity ploy to quiet critics some of whom, by all accounts, are buying it hook, line and sinker.

IOC President Slams Politicians For Using Sochi Games As Platform

AP | STEPHEN WILSON | Posted 02.04.2014 | Sports

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach accused world leaders Tuesday of using the Sochi Olympics as a political platform "on the backs of th...

Free Speech at Sochi Olympics? Not Really..

AP | CHRIS LEHOURITES | Posted 01.30.2014 | Sports

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A day after the head of the Sochi organizing committee appeared to contradict IOC President Thomas Bach on the rights of Olympi...

The International Olympic Committee Skating on Thin Ice in Sochi

Hugh Williamson | Posted 03.31.2014 | Sports
Hugh Williamson

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.

IOC President Urged To Investigate Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

AP | Posted 12.01.2013 | Gay Voices

PARIS (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach met with Russian gay rights activists who urged an investigation before the Sochi Olympics into national laws...

The IOC's New President Continues to Toe the Line on LGBT Rights, Ignore Historic Responsibilities

James Fantau | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
James Fantau

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.

IOC VP: Armstrong Confession 'Too Little, Too Late'

AP | STEPHEN WILSON | Posted 01.18.2013 | Sports

LONDON -- Lance Armstrong's doping confession to Oprah Winfrey was "too little, too late" and failed to provide any new information that will help cle...