U.S. Olympic Committee Admits Russia's Anti-Gay Laws Inconsistent With Olympic Principles...
...but reminds athletes to obey the laws of the host nation.
The U.S. Olympic Committee is taking a stronger position against 2014 Winter Games host Russia's anti-gay laws than its parent body, the International Olympic Committee.
“[R]estricting the right to act and speak in support of the LGBT community are inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the Olympic and Paralympic movements,” Patrick Sandusky, USOC communications chief, tweeted Friday.
Earlier this week, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun tweeted a more ambiguous statement that rubbed a lot of athletes and LGBT the wrong way, writing about his “strong desire that our athletes comply with the laws of every nation that we visit. This law is no different.”
Sandusky did add on to his first tweet to tackle Blackmun's concern, however. "Clarification on Blackmun comments as I was there. At every Olympics, ask athletes to respect the laws of the host country, for their safety."