The International Olympic Committee is reportedly investigating homophobic and transphobic comments made on Russian television this week.
As reported by Time, members of the LGBT community were called “filth”, “perverts” and “psychopaths” in the programs 60 minutes and Time will tell us.
Russian presenter Olga Skabeyeva took aim at British diver Tom Daley on Rossiya 1 60 minutes after winning the gold medal in the men’s 10m synchronized platform final at the Tokyo Games.
Aleksandr Bondar and Viktor Minibaev of the Russian Olympic Committee won bronze in this event.
“In Britain, of course, they have their own values,” Skabeyeva said of pictures of Daley with her husband Dustin Lance Black.
“If these guys weren’t raising a kid together, that would be their business. They are at least in competition with other guys.
Skabeyeva then allegedly claimed that it was unfair for New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard to compete with other women at the Tokyo Games.
Hubbard competed in the +87kg weightlifting category in an opening match that the IOC described as an openly transgender woman’s first appearance at the Olympics.
Russian politician Alexei Zhuravlev added: “We oppose all this profanity and perversions… We oppose this scum.”
Zhuravlev then argued that members of the LGBT community should not be allowed to participate in the Olympics.
Meanwhile on Channel One Time will tell us, presenter Anatoly Kuzichev put on a wig with pigtails and called transgender people “psychopaths,” saying they needed psychiatric treatment.
The IOC said in a statement to BBC: “We have been in contact with our contractual broadcast partner in Russia in order to clarify the situation and underline the fundamental principles of the Olympic Charter and we are following up accordingly. “
Talk to Shortlist, Daley revealed that he skipped a Russian competition in 2014 because he thought it was “too risky and dangerous.”
“Then when everyone came back I got really mad that I didn’t go,” he said. “I would let others rule out of fear.”
After his Olympic triumph last week, Daley said, “I hope any young LGBT can see that no matter how lonely you feel right now, you are not alone. That you can accomplish anything and that there are many of your chosen family here ready to support you.
Daley will be looking for another medal in the men’s 10m platform individual event on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Hubbard praised the IOC for showing “moral leadership” by adopting inclusive policies that enabled it to participate in the Games.
“I’m not sure that a role model is something I can ever aspire to be, instead I hope just by being I can provide a feeling of encouragement,” she said. to journalists.
Putin hails Russia’s performance in Tokyo
President Vladimir Putin on Friday praised the performance of Russian Olympic athletes, who compete in Tokyo under a neutral banner due to their country’s doping suspension.
Speaking to factory workers on a visit outside of Moscow, the Russian president said the doping ban does not affect the country’s team.
“Through their performances, our athletes prove in the best possible way that all attempts to politicize sport are trivial, meaningless and even harmful,” Putin said during a visit to the Bashkortostan region in the Urals .
Russia is banned from Tokyo 2020 after being found guilty of state-sponsored doping, which means its athletes cannot use the Russian flag and anthem.
But more than 300 Russian competitors were allowed to compete under the ROC moniker, and they won 17 gold medals to place fifth in the medal table.
The Russian competitors wear neutral clothes, while a fragment of the concerto for piano and orchestra no. 1 replaced the country’s anthem.
“So we are talking about the absence of the Russian flag. Yes, it would be better if he was there, ”Putin said.
“Do they like Tchaikovsky’s music more than Alexandrov’s?” he added in an apparent reference to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
“Well, I don’t know, let them listen to Tchaikovsky,” Putin added. “Let the world learn Russian classics”.
Composer Alexander Alexandrov wrote the music for the national anthem. Russian athletes are banned from participating in major international events with their anthem and under their flag until 2022 following a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last year.
Putin expressed hope that attempts to “pinch” Russia will end in 2022 and the country can consider hosting major sporting events.
The Kremlin chief once again said the doping ban was political and that sports officials had come under pressure from politicians.
Suspicions persist in Tokyo, however.
Last week, American swimmer Ryan Murphy said he “swam in a race that is probably not clean” after Russian Evgeny Rylov beat him in the 200 backstroke, eliciting a furious reaction from Moscow.
– with AFP