Sochi 2014: Navratilova unhappy at IOC over gay stance

by Rachel Baker on December 11, 2013

Tennis great Martina Navratilova says the International Olympic Committee is ‘putting its head in the sand’ when it comes to the issue of gay rights.

February’s Winter Olympics take place in Russia, where a law banning ‘gay propaganda’ was passed this year.

“The IOC needs to stand up better for their athletes,” said Navratilova.

Meanwhile, the IOC has warned Olympians against making political gestures in Sochi but plans to set up protest zones for them to “express their views”.

Russia has received criticism for its human rights record and for a law it passed in June, which allows for heavy fines to be imposed on those providing information about homosexuality to people under 18.

The Russian government has since provided written assurances that the law will not affect Games participants and spectators.

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