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IOC adds anti-discrimination clause to Olympic host city contract

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Feb 13, 2002; Salt Lake, Utah: A general feature of an Olympic Flag at the XIX Winter Olympics. Mandatory Credit: Witters Sport via US PRESSWIRE


The International Olympic Committee’s changes to the Olympic host city contract from 2020 to 2022 included a reference prohibiting discrimination, adding detail to the Olympic Charter’s anti-discrimination stance.

“Whereas the City and the NOC acknowledge and accept the importance of the Games and the value of the Olympic image, and agree 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 contract reads, according to a version obtained by Norwegian media outlet VG.

The Olympic Charter already included an anti-discrimination policy, “to act against any form of discrimination affecting the Olympic Movement.”

The Sochi Olympics dealt with the issue due to Russia’s law banning the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations toward minors passed in 2013.

The 2022 Winter Olympic host city will be chosen next year. The finalists are Oslo, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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