Tag Archive | IOC

Italian transgender athlete sees no unfair advantage in women’s competition

Italian transgender athlete sees no unfair advantage in women’s competition

Valentina Petrillo, set to become the first transgender Paralympian to compete in an official women’s event on Friday, has played down controversy over whether trans athletes have an unfair advantage, saying hormone therapy has battered her performance. The Italian sprinter, who competed in men’s races before transitioning in 2019, will take to the starting blocks […]

Trans BMXer riding high as Olympic dream edges nearer

Trans BMXer riding high as Olympic dream edges nearer

When American BMX Freestyle rider, Chelsea Wolfe, received an email asking her to register for the Tokyo Olympics this month, it took her one step closer to her dream of making history, as the first transgender athlete to compete in the Games. Wolfe, one of the first openly trans people to receive such an invitation, […]

Australia: Transgender women welcome to play elite cricket

Australia: Transgender women welcome to play elite cricket

Cricket Australia welcomed transgender women on to its elite teams on Thursday, as it issued guidelines for their inclusion, amid a toxic battle over fairness in female sport. Australian cricket’s governing body will allow male-to-female players to compete if their testosterone, a hormone that increases muscle mass, strength and haemoglobin, which affects endurance, has been […]

UK: Female Olympians argue against ‘unfair’ trans women athletes

UK: Female Olympians argue against ‘unfair’ trans women athletes

British female Olympians lined up to criticise the inclusion of transgender women in women’s sport on Tuesday, as debate rages over whether male-to-female athletes retain unfair physical advantages after taking cross-sex hormones. The row over who should compete in women’s sport exploded in October, when Rachel McKinnon became the first trans woman to win a […]

Sochi: Power Grid Unfinished, Billie Jean King Warns Against LGBT Protests

Sochi: Power Grid Unfinished, Billie Jean King Warns Against LGBT Protests

Russia’s energy minister, Alexander Novak, said yesterday that the power grid to facilitate the Sochi Winter Olympics is still being built with only a month to go till the games are due to start. It is estimated that the grid will only come online on January 25, which is only 13 days before the opening […]

IOC and Sochi: Jason Collins and Martina Navratilova Speak Out

IOC and Sochi: Jason Collins and Martina Navratilova Speak Out

Marking International Human Rights Day, both basketball-player Jason Collins and tennis champion Martina Navratilova spoke out yesterday at the United Nations. They said that the International Olympic Commitee (IOC) had not done enough ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics to defend the rights of gay athletes, and also that emphasis should also be placed on […]

IOC: We will not tolerate discrimination

IOC: We will not tolerate discrimination

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has said today, Sunday 29th, that the IOC will not tolerate any discrimination at next year’s Sochi Winter Games, referring to the Russian anti-gay propaganda law. “The IOC is not meant to be a government who imposes laws and regulations,” Bach said while at at the torch lighting […]

Russian Diplomat Blasts Western ‘Aggressive Promotion’ of LGBT Rights

Russian Diplomat Blasts Western ‘Aggressive Promotion’ of LGBT Rights

A prominent Russian diplomat has heavily criticised calls by Western nations to protest against Russia’s recent anti-gay laws, calling the Western promotion of LGBT rights “aggressive”. Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s plenipotentiary for human rights, was addressing the International Human Rights Forum in Beijing, when he commented on the attitudes of Western countries towards LGBT […]

Watch: Keith Olberman on Sochi and the IOC

Controversial commentator, Keith Olberman, host of a one-hour nightly show at 11 pm on ESPN2  gives an incisive and witty account of how the IOC were asked recently, by Head of the Sochi Games, Dmitri Chernyshenko, for support to stop the campaign for a boycott of the Sochi Olympics, started by the LGBT community and […]

What is going on at the IOC?

The most recent reassurance by the Russian government, in a letter to the International Olympics Commitee, is as vague as it ever was, and the IOC appears to have no-one on its panel to point this out. The letter, signed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, engages in the double-talk that has so far […]