IOC Asks 2022 Candidate Cities To Observe Rules

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) sent a letter to the three candidates bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games asking them to abide by rules that forbid any kind of discrimination.

The move came because of the outcry caused by Russia’s adoption of a law banning so-called gay “propaganda” ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

The Associated Press reports the new clause requires the host city and national Olympic committee 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 international gay rights groups All Out and Athlete Ally were among those urging the IOC to add the language to the contract.

In the letter to the three bid cities, Almaty Kazakhstan, Beijing China and Oslo Norway, the IOC states that it will make no unilateral changes to the sports program after the host city has been chosen. In the past the IOC has sometimes added sports, disciplines or events three years before a Games, adding extra costs and other logistical challenges to the host cities.

Under the new contract any changes made after the host city has been selected that creates “material adverse effects” can only be applied in “mutual agreement” between the IOC and the city.