Today’s “Google Doodle” honors the Olympic Charter and makes a statement of what we can only assume aligns the company with equality and support for LGBT rights in Russia.
The doodle shows a rainbow motif with illustrations of different Winter Olympic sports, and a quote from the Charter which reads, “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”
When the doodle is clicked, google aggregates sites highlighting the Charter’s history and recent news articles mentioning the document.
The Olympic Charter serves as a set of rules and guidelines for the organization of the Olympic Games, adopted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The charter itself was last updated in September of 2013.
Though the charter does read that, “Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement,” the execution of that principle has come under fire in recent months due to Russia’s anti-LGBT legislation, which makes it illegal to “promote nontraditional sexual relations to minors.”
Earlier this week, IOC president Thomas Bach said he would be open to considering adding “sexual orientation” to the clause.
“I’m open for discussion and I guess that, in the debate we’re going to have in Sochi, this question may be addressed and we will discuss it further,” said Bach, reiterating that Russian officials have told him the law will not be enforced on athletes who speak about gay rights during press conferences.