Tag Archives: USOC

US Olympics Committee To Athletes And Staff: Consider Skipping 2016 Rio Games If You Fear The Zika Virus

The United States Olympics Committee has suggested that athletes and support staff should consider skipping the 2016 Rio Games if they fear contracting the Zika virus. Reuters reports: The USOC’s briefing to sport federations is the latest sign that Olympics officials are taking the Zika threat to the games in Rio de Janeiro seriously, and acknowledging that at least some ...

Read More »

Los Angeles To Bid For 2024 Olympics

Via the Los Angeles Times: The final obstacle between Los Angeles and a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics was cleared Tuesday morning when City Council voted 15-0 to authorize Mayor Eric Garcetti to pursue the bid. A news conference was called for 12:30 p.m. in Santa Monica, where it is likely L.A. will be designated the American candidate for ...

Read More »

No 2024 Olympics For Boston

Back in January the USOC selected Boston as the official bid city for the United States, rejecting the other shortlisted cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington DC. Atlanta was the most recent US host city for the Summer Games in 1996. Unless the USOC digs back into their shortlist, the next shot for the US to host will ...

Read More »

USOC Warns Athletes: Don’t Protest

“At the end of the day, the International Olympic Committee is very clear that what’s great about the Olympic experience is that it brings people with different points of view together. They’re there to compete. They’re not there to talk about their politics or their religion or anything else. So for us, we really just want the attention focused on ...

Read More »

Italian IOC Member Slams U.S. For Sending “Four Lesbians” To Sochi

Italy’s senior IOC member today denounced the United States for including gays in its delegation to Sochi. Via Sports Illustrated: “It’s absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have (been established),” Mario Pescante said at an Italian Olympic Committee meeting in Milan on Wednesday, in comments widely ...

Read More »

TIMES SQUARE: Queer Nation Crashes USOC Press Event For Sochi Olympics

The protesters were interviewed by some of the media in attendance, so mission accomplished. More photos.  USA Today reports on the protest. About two dozen protesters tried to disrupt the U.S. Olympic committee’s 100-day countdown event Tuesday in Times Square. Yelling “Homophobia’s gotta go” the protesters unfurled banners that said “don’t buy Putin’s lies ” and “boycott homophobia” while Olympic ...

Read More »

TOMORROW: Queer Nation Vs USOC

Details here.

Read More »

LGBT Groups Slam USOC

The Human Rights Campaign and All Out are criticizing the United States Olympic Committee, who last week added sexual orientation to their non-discrimination policy. From the HRC: “We welcome the news that the USOC has added sexual orientation to the non-discrimination policy in its code of conduct, and hope this is a sign of more good things to come. However, ...

Read More »

US Olympic Committee Adds Sexual Orientation To Non-Discrimination Policy

The United States Olympic Committee today amended its official non-discrimination policies to include sexual orientation. At his annual address to the USOC Assembly on Friday, CEO Scott Blackmun said the federation is not in the business of trying to influence Russian policy. “The fact that we do not think it is our role to advocate for a change in the ...

Read More »

Petition Of The Day

Over 30,000 signatures so far.

Read More »

USOC Clarifies On Russia

More on this at Buzzfeed.

Read More »