The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has added an anti-discrimination clause to the contract which all future hosts of the Olympic Games must sign, beginning in 2022. The move comes after outrage at this year’s Sochi Winter Olympics over Russia’s anti-gay laws. Massive campaigns by organizations like All Out, as well as calls for change from human rights organizations and advocates around the world, put a great deal of pressure on the IOC to pass a resolution banning countries with discriminatory policies from hosting.
The new clause requires that host countries:
“…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 finalists for the 2022 Games are Almaty, Kazakhstan; Oslo, Norway, and Beijing. Oslo may still drop out, as the bid faces significant public and political opposition. If so, the only two places left to host the Winter Olympics both have terrible human rights records, which may lead to another Sochi-esque situation.
This anti-discrimination clause may put more pressure on FIFA, which, as you may recall, has decided to host its 2022 World Cup in Qatar. FIFA president Sepp Blatter, when discussing Qatar’s ban on homosexuality, said that “[gay fans attending the tournament] should refrain from any sexual activities.”
UPDATED: October 6th, 2014
I found a much better ending video than the one I’d originally had. Norway has now dropped out of the running for the 2022 Olympics, and this is John Oliver’s glorious response. Unfortunately, embedding is disabled on this video, so you’ll have to click on this comparatively inelegant URL instead: http://youtu.be/QrKf-fAekds