With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics opening today, the
Russian police arrested four gay rights activists protesting in
St. Petersburg and Google launched its own protest with a new doodle. Google
is doing its part to stand for all athletes, gay, straight, or otherwise.
The Google doodle pulls a quote from the Olympic Charter, "The
practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility
of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic
spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship,
solidarity and fair play."
There are seven fundamental principles of Olympism in the
1. Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining
in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with
culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy
of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and
respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.
2. The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of
the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful
society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.
3. The Olympic Movement is the concerted, organised,
universal and permanent action, carried out under the supreme authority of the
IOC, of all individuals and entities who are inspired by the values of
Olympism. It covers the five continents. It reaches its peak with the bringing
together of the world's athletes at the great sports festival, the Olympic
Games. Its symbol is five interlaced rings.
4. The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual
must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any
kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a
spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
5. Recognising that sport occurs within the framework of
society, sports organisations within the Olympic Movement shall have the rights
and obligations of autonomy, which include freely establishing and controlling
the rules of sport, determining the structure and governance of their
organisations, enjoying the right of elections free from any outside influence
and the responsibility for ensuring that principles of good governance be
6. Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a
person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is
incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.
7. Belonging to the Olympic Movement requires compliance
with the Olympic Charter and recognition by the IOC.
Is the practice of sport is a human right?
How should the rest of the world community react
to Russian anti-gay laws?