International Olympic Committee (IOC): Strip Sochi of the 2014 Winter Games
  • Petitioned Jacques Rogge (President - International Olympics Commmittee (IOC))

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Jacques Rogge (President - International Olympics Commmittee (IOC))

International Olympic Committee (IOC): Strip Sochi of the 2014 Winter Games

    1. James Lavin
    2. Petition by

      James Lavin

      Llandysul, United Kingdom

In June Russian President, Vladimir Putin made it a crime to “promote homosexuality or non-traditional relationships” in Russia, effectively criminalising homosexuality. This has been met with a global outcry.

Next year, Russia is due to hold the winter Olympic games. To me and thousands of others around the world, this must not be allowed to happen. The Olympics is about excellence, tolerance and respect - to hold the winter Games in Russia with in the current political climate of hate toward LGBTQ people is not compatible with those values.

It is not fair to ask athletes who have trained so hard to carry the burden of asking them to boycott next year's event. I am calling directly on the International Olympic Committee to move the games from Russia to Vancouver, Canada.

Vancouver was the last host of the winter games, so the facilities are ready to go. As a previous host it also knows how to project manage the events. If this isn’t possible then they could have the events in different countries.

The fight for freedoms for LGBTQ people has come a long way in recent times - but these new laws in Russia is a terrible and retrograde step. The world has a duty to stand together and show Russia that we will not stand by while they do this to their own citizens and visitors. Moving the 2014 Winter Olympics will show them that what they are doing is wrong

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    @AnneRiceAuthor

    Aug 08, 2013

    Why are the Winter Olympics being held in Russia? How can anyone safely travel to Russia for these games, given... http://t.co/KOoAya9Ygl

    Anne Rice
    66.9k followers

    @GeorgeTakei

    Aug 06, 2013

    It's time to move the Olympics out of Russia. Here are my thoughts. RT if you agree! http://t.co/MA3UB17LLK

    George Takei
    768k followers

    @stephenfry

    Aug 08, 2013

    This is the petition site urging Jaqcues Rogge and the IOC to move the Winter Olympics to Vancouver: http://t.co/MC5iKwaIRf

    Stephen Fry
    6.03M followers

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    • Al Rashid Ismael ANGELES CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • 3 months ago

      a hosts should be liberal

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    • Joshua Hill STANFORD-LE-HOPE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      This is an injustice. Russia should be barred from hosting until they sort this out.

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    • Suzanna Sebesteny CALGARY, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      I would like to see the sadistic, cruel animals put behind bars or at least the operation that hired them closed down. There is no excuse for this. None.

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    • Michelle Filliol SHERWOOD PARK, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      Supporting others freedom is supporting my own right to freedom. And crushing hate mongers always makes my day.

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    • Daniel Hawkins COQUITLAM, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      i HAVE A FRIEND WHO IS gay. HE IS A KIND , INTELLIGENT HUMAN. HE IS NOT A CRIMINAL. GROW OUT OF YOUR PRE HISTORIC AGE OF IGNORANCE.

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