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Monday, August 12, 2013

Sochi

Posted on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 11:49 AM

For the those unaware, the 2014 Winter Olympics are in Sochi in southern Russia this February. This acts as a backdrop to the controversy of a new law passed by the Russian government outlawing the "celebration of nontraditional sexual relations". This is punishable by a fine, 15 days in jail or deportation in the case of visitors to the country.

How do we as a nation respond to this? Boycott? This would amount to punishing our athletes who have trained long and hard for this once in a lifetime event. Not to mention those businesses and people in Russia who would benefit from the economic spinoff and had nothing to do with that misguided legislation. Diplomatic posturing and censure? Probably what it will come down to.

I despise discrimination. I can only hope for a Jesse Owens moment. Owens was a black American track and field athlete who, at the 1936 Summer olympics in Berlin, won four gold medals. His feat was a smack to the chops to his host's air of smug Aryan supremacy. Maybe just maybe a gay athlete will haul in a couple of golds. A very superficial victory perhaps but very satisfying nonetheless. —Reg LeCrisp

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