The president of the Russian committee in charge of organizing the 2014 Winter Olympics said Tuesday that anyone who wears rainbow clothing or accessories to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will not be punished by the country’s anti-LGBT laws.
“For me it sounds funny that someone is saying, ‘I am very brave. I will put my rainbow pin on and let me go to the (jail) in Russia because I will be promoting (gay rights) during the Olympic Games,’” Dmitry Chernyshenko told USA Today.
“Has anybody noted what kind of uniform game organizers will be wearing?” he said just before showing a picture of International Committee president Thomas Bach wearing a rainbow uniform.
He also showed a photo of the official Sochi Olympic gloves, which feature rainbow-colored finger sleeves.
“What else can we add about inclusivity?” he said. “We want the Games to be fairly judged by facts not by rumors.”
Bach will speak at the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow about the adoption of the Olympic Truce. According to USA Today, Bach “will set out his vision and policy remarks about the relationship between sport and politics … the futility of Olympic Games boycotts and future cooperation between the IOC and the UN.”
Chernyshenko, currently in New York to promote the truce, repeatedly stressed that “social inclusivity” is a huge aspect of the written document.
“People don’t want to listen,” he said. “Those who never read the law can’t understand what it is really about. After three times the president of the country explained, in front of the international media, that the interpretation that the law was violating the rights of the LGBT (community) is not correct and there will be no discrimination in Russia whether by religious, gender or sexual orientation.
“We welcome the world. …I can only recommend everyone to come and see for themselves.”
Via: USA Today, Top Photo Credit: Getty Images