The Trump administration has, according to the Washington Blade, successfully blocked an attempt to remove discrimination protection from a United Nations Olympic resolution set for a vote later this month.
According to the Blade, the United States, France and Brazil have worked to successfully block efforts by Russia and Egypt to kill commitments to diversity that are presently included in the resolution.
“The Olympics is an event that should focus on what brings us together – friendly competition by the world’s best athletes – not what makes us different,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told the Blade. “No athlete should face discrimination of any kind when representing their country in the games.”
The United Nations issues a resolution before every Olympics, focused on maintaining peace throughout the Olympic Games.
At the heart of the debate is the Olympics’ Principle 6, which was used unsuccessfully to try to wrestle the 2014 Winter Games from host Russia. After the kerfuffle in 2014, Principle 6 now reads:
The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Olympic Charter shall be secured without discrimination of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Previously, “sexual orientation” was missing from the Principle. Its inclusion has irked some anti-LGBT countries like Russia and Egypt.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Many LGBT athletes will be competing, some of whom are publicly out.
For more information on the U.N. resolution, visit the Washington Blade.