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Italy’s IOC Rep Mario Pescante Says American Gays Not Needed In Sochi

by | 16th, January 2014

his Aug. 11, 1936 file photo shows America's Jesse Owens, center, salutes during the presentation of his gold medal for the long jump, after defeating Nazi Germany's Lutz Long, right, during the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Naoto Tajima of Japan, left, placed third. The performance of Jesse Owens will be honored in the stadium where he won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games when the world championships are held in Berlin this month. (AP Photo/File)

 

SAYS the IOC’s Mario Pescante:

“It’s absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have (been established). The games should not be an occasion and a stage to promote rights that sports supports daily.”

The US  delegation includes Billie Jean King, figure skater Brian Boitano and hockey player Caitlin Cahow. 

Pescante wants everyone attending the Games to have only one thought on their mind: win.

Rome's Mayor Gianni Alemanno joins the hands of Israeli Olympic Committee President Zvi Varshaviak, left and Palestinian Olympic Committee President Jibril Rajoub, right, at the end of a "Sports for Peace" press conference in Rome, Wednesday, April 20, 2011, where they issued pleas to build stronger ties. During the meeting arranged by International Olympic Committee vice president Mario Pescante, Palestinian Olympic Committee president Jibril Rajoub pushed for Israel to allow its athletes and coaches more freedom to travel from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

 

Let’s change the words a little:

“It’s absurd that a country like that sends four blacks to Nazi Germany just to demonstrate that in their country equal rights have (been established).”

 

(L-R) The Germany team who won gold in the dressage section: First Lieutenant Heinz Pollay, Major Friedrich Gerhard, Herrmann von Oppeln-Bronikowski NULL

 

 

Politics is always there. The London Games kicked off with a display of liberal values and discomfort with what’s gone before.

The 1956 Games were memorable for a water polo match between the Soviet Union and Hungary, the country it had just invaded. Here’s the match report in Sports Illustrated:

“In scoring the first goal, Dezsö Gyarmati of Hungary, who would eventually win medals in five Olympics, nearly KO’d his Soviet opponent.

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