The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to add an anti-discrimination clause to the contract that future Olympic host cities must sign. This contract clause will require all host cities to abide by rules that ban any kind of discrimination. The decision was made in part to prevent a replay of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, during which Russia’s law banning gay “propaganda” drew criticism from around the world, reported USAToday (9.25.14).
Attorney at Law David Perecman joined Human Rights Watch and the international gay rights groups, All Out and Athlete Ally, in supporting this change to the IOC contract.
“The Olympics should be free from any form of discrimination. The Games are for all athletes at the highest level of their sport who are able to qualify,” said Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm.
As reported by USAToday, the new clause requires the host city and national Olympic committee to “conduct all activities in a manner which promotes and enhances the fundamental principles and values of Olympism, in particular the prohibition of any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise, as well as the development of the Olympic Movement.”
The three candidate cities for the 2022 Winter Games were informed of the new wording in a letter sent by the IOC, said USAToday. The language also included a reference to discrimination based on gender.
Russia passed its law prohibiting gay “propaganda” to minors in the year before the Sochi Games. The law led to international protests by gay and human rights groups, USAToday said.
The three finalists in the bidding for the 2022 Games are Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing, and Oslo, Norway. The IOC will select the host city on July 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, according to USAToday.
“An athlete’s performance at the Olympics is the culmination of a lifetime of achievement, and sexual orientation has no effect on a person’s ability to win,” said Perecman.
For more than 30 years, the civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped victims of discrimination in the workplace. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
The USAToday article cited is “ IOC adds anti-discrimination to host contract.”
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**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
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