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Google’s Olympic doodle

Google olympic doodle  Today, the day of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Google’s doodle shows illustrations of athletes against a rainbow coloured background, including a passage from the Olympic Charter beneath it:


“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.”


Although Google is not itself an Olympics sponsor, its action came the same week that three sponsors of the US Olympic Committee – telco giant AT&T among them, issued statements speaking out against Russia’s anti-LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] law.


The Olympic Charter is the set of rules and guidelines for organising the Olympic Games and for governing the Olympic movement. Without singling out any country too much, would it not be a good idea for one of the qualifying criteria just to be able to bid for either the summer or winter games to be that the country is free from discrimination? Should a country not already have an excellent human rights record before being allowed to bid? Surely, a bidding country should already have the spirit of the Olympic Games to deserve the opportunity to host them.


February 7, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

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