A petition has been started with a view to having the British Olympics Association boycott the Russian Winter Olympics next year, in the wake of the passage of anti-gay legislation. The petition, which has been signed by over 3,000 people so far, calls on the British Government to advise the Association not to take part in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
It reads: “With the increasingly homophobic stance being taken by the Russian government and parliament, including calls to arrest LGBT tourists. I call upon the UK Government to strongly advise the British Olympic Association to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.” Earlier this week, responding to human rights groups, the International Olympic Committee released a statement calling for the acceptance of all athletes in the wake of Russia’s recently passed anti-gay legislation.
“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 jeopardize this principle.”