The Associated Press reported that the new clause would read: “The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in the Olympic Charter shall be secured without discrimination of any kind, such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”
The controversy in Sochi stretched across the international community, with political leaders, athletes, Olympic sponsors, and advocacy organizations calling on the IOC to do more to protect LGBT fans and athletes and promote equality in its host nations. Bach was critical of world leaders, who he saw as politicizing the Olympics.
But the recommendation to add sexual orientation to Principle 6 could be a major post-Sochi step forward on LGBT equality, especially as the IOC announced in September that it was adding the non-discrimination clause to its bidding process, forcing potential host cities to pledge to adhere to the policy. Of course, given its actions in Sochi, there are plenty of reasons to be skeptical about whether the IOC will actually force host nations to comply with the Principle.
“No athlete or fan should face fear of discrimination because of who they love. The International Olympic Committee must seize this opportunity to protect Olympic attendees and affirm its commitment to equality across the globe,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said.
Other political leaders who pushed the IOC to act during Sochi praised the decision.
The IOC will vote on the proposal during its meeting in Monaco on December 8 and 9.