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Olympic champion Caster Semenya’s 11-year battle to compete

Olympic champion Caster Semenya’s 11-year battle to compete

Caster Semenya, the South African double Olympic 800 metres champion, lost her appeal against World Athletics rules that women with high natural testosterone levels must take drugs to reduce them to compete in middle-distance races. Switzerland’s top court on Tuesday upheld a 2019 ruling by sport’s highest court, the Court of Arbitration, that the global governing […]

Tokyo highlights LGBTQ rights before Olympics with Pride House

Tokyo highlights LGBTQ rights before Olympics with Pride House

(Reuters) – Tokyo will open Pride House, Japan’s first permanent such centre, next month, to raise awareness of LGBTQ rights, before and during the rearranged Olympic Games in 2021. Although there have been similar initiatives before previous Games, organisers said Pride House Tokyo, which will open its doors on International Coming Out Day on October […]

Jamaica: Olympic gay hopeful swims against tide of homophobia

Jamaica: Olympic gay hopeful swims against tide of homophobia

Early in his budding career as a professional swimmer, Olympic hopeful Michael Gunning faced a regular putdown in the pool from snide schoolmates: “Black people don’t swim.” But rather than be bullied out of the water and a sport he loved, Gunning said the slights only made him swim faster. “For me, it was just […]

US Olympian Lea Davison cycles past homophobia toward winning

US Olympian Lea Davison cycles past homophobia toward winning

Two-time US Olympic mountain biker, Lea Davison, should be pedaling towards her dream of winning a gold medal this week. But since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak prompted Japan to postpone the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to next year, even Olympians have slowed down. “The silver lining is that I get to be with my wife,” […]

Boxing Barbie based on British champ delivers body blow to sexist stereotypes

Boxing Barbie based on British champ delivers body blow to sexist stereotypes

A Barbie doll in the likeness of British Olympic boxing champion, Nicola Adams, complete with “boxing gloves to shatter any glass ceiling”, has been unveiled to mark International Women’s Day. Toymaker Mattel, whose Barbie dolls have in the past drawn criticism for promoting harmful stereotypes, said on Tuesday it hoped the Adams doll would inspire […]

Rio: Gay Couple Gold Medal Winners In Women’s Field Hockey – Kate Confirms Retirement

Rio: Gay Couple Gold Medal Winners In Women’s Field Hockey – Kate Confirms Retirement

The first gay married couple to compete in the Olympics now have a couple of other firsts to add to their names, being the first gay married couple who are medalists, and the first gay married couple who are gold medalists (They had also won bronze as an unmarried couple on the same team in […]

Rio 2016 – Not too late to vaccinate!

Rio 2016 – Not too late to vaccinate!

If you’re heading to watch the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro during August 2016, you are surely in for a spectacular display of sporting greatness. However, there are some things to consider beforehand, including your vaccinations for Rio 2016, to ensure your trip is truly one of a lifetime. The last thing you want […]

Watch: Ian Thorpe Comes Out as Gay in Exclusive Interview With Parkinson

The Australian Olympic swimmer, Ian Thorpe, has come out as gay in an exclusive interview with Sir Michael Parkinson for TEN Network Australia. Last Sunday night on Australian television, Thorpe, 31, first confirmed to Parkinson that he is “not straight”, despite dismissing rumours about his sexuality for over 15 years. 

LGBT Greeks Protest Ahead of Olympic Flame Handover

LGBT Greeks Protest Ahead of Olympic Flame Handover

Greek LGBT activists protested the handover of the Olympic Flame to Russia last weekend, ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, due to Russia’s recent enactment of anti-gay legislation. Members of the Greek LGBT youth organisation, Colour Youth, stood in front of the marble stadium which first held the modern Olympic Games in 1986. […]

German Olympic Outfits: Designed for Russian Climate?

German Olympic Outfits: Designed for Russian Climate?

The outfits for Germany’s Winter Olympics team have been both criticised and celebrated by the public since the outfits’ launch on Tuesday, as their designs bear a striking resemblance to the rainbow flag. The new German Olympic uniforms, designed and launched ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, were created by designer Willy […]