Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told reporters on Thursday at a press conference in Moscow for the world athletics championships that gay athletes and organizations should “be relaxed” about the country’s anti-gay laws, and respect them.
Mutko earlier this month warned that athletes and spectators would be subject to the anti-gay laws.
When asked how it would affect athletes competing in the championships beginning on Saturday and next year’s winter Olympics in Sochi, Mutko was dismissive of any concerns.
“I want to ask you to calm down as in addition to this law we have a constitution that guarantees all citizens a private life,” he told a packed news conference in a Moscow hotel. “It is not intended to deprive people of any religion, race or sexual orientation but to ban the promotion of non-traditional relations among the young generation. All the athletes and organisations should be relaxed, their rights will be protected…but of course you have to respect the laws of the country you are in.”
Yes, everyone you should calm down. Just as the world remained calm and unconcerned about Germany’s Nuremberg Race Laws during the 1930’s. Just as Germany had to protect the children and the German race from the scourge of Judaism, Gypsies and homosexuals.
Even more appalling are the comments of Lamine Diack, the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and a board member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) who said: “I don’t feel there is a problem whatsoever. There is a law that exists, it has to be respected, we are here for the world championships and have no problem whatsoever and I’m not worried at all.”
That human rights can be dismissed so easily in the name of “sport” is disgusting.
The fact that we are even fighting for a boycott instead of it automatically happening is sad statement on humanity indeed.