Diver and gold medalist Greg Louganis appeared on CNN’s “New Day” on February 9 to discuss the Olympics in Russia and Proposition 6 of the Olympic Charter.
The Olympian stated that he felt like having the Olympics in Russia goes “totally against” the Olympic Charter.
“It’s not a safe time to be an LGBT individual in Russia,” Louganis stated, referencing Russia’s controversial law which prohibits the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors.
“I’m working with really pushing the idea and concept of P6, principle 6—which states [in]the International Olympic Committee charter that there’s no discrimination,” Louganis said during the interview. “That’s a part of the Olympic movement. Having the Olympics in Russia kind of goes totally against the principle 6 with its anti-propaganda laws.”
Although the 54-year-old diver voiced his displeasure on the Olympics being held in Russia, he admitted that he didn’t believe they should be boycotted.
“My feeling is: Olympic boycotts don’t work. If you’re talking about boycotting sponsors, commerce and business, those work. Those send a message because dollars speak volumes.”
The interview also touched on the subject of Google’s pro-gay homepage, which featured athletes competing on a rainbow background during the kickoff day of the games. Underneath the Google search bar, a quote taken from the Olympic Charter read: “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.”
The Olympics began on Saturday, February 7, and will run until Sunday, February 23.