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The @USOlympic board voted to revise the non-discrimination policy within the code of conduct of its bylaws to include sexual orientation.
11:54 AM - 11 Oct 13
Excerpt below is from:
Sexual orientation added to U.S. code
Updated: October 11, 2013, 2:19 PM ET
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. Olympic Committee board revised its non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation, a nod to its disapproval of the Russian anti-gay law recently passed by the Olympic host country.
At his annual address to the USOC Assembly on Friday, CEO Scott Blackmun said the federation is not in the business of trying to influence Russian policy.
"The fact that we do not think it is our role to advocate for a change in the Russian law does not mean that we support the law, and we do not," Blackmun said.
The board passed the measure Thursday, a week after chairman Larry Probst, a new member of the International Olympic Committee, said he would support a similar change to the IOC Olympic charter. Currently, it does not mention sexual orientation as a form of discrimination.
With the Sochi Olympics less than four months away, Blackmun said the USOC is seeking clarity from the IOC on what will and won't be regarded as violations of the IOC rule against using the Olympic stage to make political protests or demonstrations.
Meanwhile, he said the USOC has given the athletes freedom to express themselves in the lead-up to the Games "however they see fit."
Blackmun pointed to last week's comments from skier Bode Miller, who said, "I think it's absolutely embarrassing that there's countries and there's people who are that intolerant and that ignorant," as an example of the USOC's tolerance of any opinion.
Hat tip to @SarahandDrew.
(Lest anyone wonder, I made an executive decision to start a new thread for this update. Wanted to keep it separate from the discussion in the Ashley Wagner thread.)