IOC investigates anti-LGBT slurs against Olympic athletes on Russian TV – BBC

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is investigating two Russian public television channels over talk shows that denigrated the lifestyles of a transgender and a gay athlete as “perversion” and “abomination” The BBC said. reported.

Two of Russia’s most popular channels, Rossiya and Channel One, devoted several of their late-July talk shows to New Zealand transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard and British gold-medalist Tom Daley, who is gay.

“We oppose all this filth and perversion,” lawmaker Alexei Zhuravlyov said during a panel discussion on Rossiya’s “60 minutes” show, according to the BBC’s media monitoring service. “We oppose this abomination. “

Anatoly Kuzichev, host of Channel One’s “Vremya Pokazhet”, wore a long wig on one of the shows to mock Hubbard and call transgender people “psychopaths.”

We have been in contact with our contractual broadcast partner in Russia in order to clarify the situation and highlight the fundamental principles of the Olympic Charter,“The IOC said in a statement to the BBC.

We follow accordingly,“, he added.

Hubbard, 43, is the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics, reigniting one of the sport’s most controversial issues. Born male and competing as a male before becoming a female in her thirties, Hubbard qualified to lift as a female after showing testosterone levels below the IOC threshold.

She announced her retirement after her short-lived appearance in the + 87kg category this week.

The IOC is preparing to release new guidelines on transgender participation after the Tokyo Games.

During his two decades in power, President Vladimir Putin has sought to distance Russia from Western values, including liberal attitudes toward homosexuality and gender fluidity. Last year, Putin signed a series of constitutional amendments that, among other things, formally define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Although Russian attitudes towards LGBT people have improved somewhat over the past fifteen years, a recent poll still shows that three quarters of Russians oppose same-sex marriage.

Naomi C. Amerson