Recently, the Russian government have brought in draconian laws which unashamedly discriminate and punish LGBT people. The IOC have stated:
"...Sport is a human right and should be available to all regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation. The Games themselves should be open to all, free of discrimination, and that applies to spectators, officials, media and of course athletes. We would oppose in the strongest terms any move that would jeopardise this principle."
Vitaly Milanov, author of the St. Petersburg "anti-LGBT propaganda law", has asserted that LGBT visiting Olympic participants and spectators will not be exempt from their new laws during the games. We therefore ask that the IOC remove the games from Russia.