— Jens Weinreich (@jensweinreich) August 16, 2013
Wait and see.
- check the twitter timeline about Sochi 2014 olympic homophobia,
- read the manifestos of all six IOC presidential candidates (you will not find it anywhere else),
- vote for your IOC president (below),
- consider to finance investigative journalism.
I told the six gentlemen, candidates for IOC presidency, that I am going to publish their answers in length immediately upon receipt.
13.34: Waiting 4 hours now. Given the fact that this topic is discussed worldwide I think at least a first respond from one of the 6 candidates would be appropriate. But: there is no reaction so far. Sources told me about multi-bilateral discussions between the candidates right now … I have not a clue.
And, yes, I have sent a second email one hour after my questionnaire, telling the 6 gentlemen that I have already started to blog and tweet about these questions.
I say it again: wait and see.
20.07: Ten hours after. Only one candidate has replied so far. (I am sorry but this is very poor and disappointing.)
Surprisingly the man with the tightest programe these days has sent a first answer: Sergey Bubka.
Mr Bubka’s media assistant wrote:
thanks a lot for your e-mail. Sergey will be happy to answer the questions that you have sent him. As you will appreciate, he has an intense schedule until the conclusion of the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. He wanted to let you know that he will send through his responses on Monday.
Ok. I/we have to wait until Monday.
And the other five candidates?
20.16: In the moment I am asking the question I received a second quick response. The secretary of Mr Carrión is sending his excuses and promises a call later today or tomorrow.
Ok. I am very patient.
And I strike the question I wanted to asked:
Excuse me, guys, are you maneuvering and calculating too much? No cojones to respond?
- Responses: only two of six.
- Answers: None.
Saturday, 01.07: I am quite late. This is the email I received two and a half hours ago, Friday evening, 22.31 Berlin time:
Thank you for your message addressed to the six presidential candidates. They asked us to reply to you on their behalf as they all approve the IOC position on the important topic of LGBT rights in Russia in the context of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
The International Olympic Committee is clear that sport is a human right and should be available to all regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation. 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 jeopardise this principle.
As you know, the Russian legislation has just been passed into law and it remains to be seen whether and how it will be implemented, particularly as regards the Games in Sochi. As a sporting organisation, what we can do is to continue to work to ensure that the Games can take place without discrimination against athletes, officials, spectators and the media. To that end, the IOC has received assurances from the highest level of government in Russia that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games. As you will understand, it would be inappropriate and counterproductive to comment publically on the details of our discussions while they are ongoing.
Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter is in place to ensure the Games remain free from proactive protests and demonstrations of any kind. It should not be seen as a sanction but rather as a means to protect the athletes who might be pressured to use the Games as a platform to make statements. It is thanks to this rule that athletes from over 200 nations can and will continue to compete in a neutral environment. Again, the IOC will always take a sensible approach when dealing with potential actions and always act on a case by case basis.
Finally, regarding Yelena Isinbayeva, we take note of her statement this morning. Clearly English is not her mother tongue and she has now clarified that she was misunderstood and that she is ‚opposed to any kind of discrimination against gay people’. We can only reiterate that the Olympic Games should be open to all, free of discrimination, and that applies to spectators, officials, media and of course athletes.
Christophe De Kepper/Mark Adams
Christophe de Kepper = IOC General Director
Mark Adams = IOC Director of Communications
These are my questions:
- Is this law compatible with the fundamental principles of the Olympic Charter?
- Will you require any changes for the period of the Olympic Winter Games 2014? (For the entire Olympic family including athletes, officials, spectators etc pp.)
- One week after the IOC has received and translated the full text of the anti-gay-law: What kind of reassurances will you demand?
- According to news reports (quoting an IOC spoke person, published worldwide) any sort of protest against the anti-gay-law in Russia at the Sochi Games (rainbow colors, rainbow flag etc pp) is considered to be a „political demonstration“, contradicting rule 50 of the Olympic Charter. Protesting athletes could be punishable by possible disqualification. Do you share such a view?
- Do you still consider Yelena Isinbayeva as a worthy ambassador for YOG 2014 and a worthy Mayor of the Olympic Village 2014? Should the IOC Executive Board discuss a deduction of these positions at the next meeting in Buenos Aires?
I am going to solve the puzzle tomorrow – getting Q & A in the right order :)