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Column: Time for IOC to stand firm against Saudis
Associated Press ^ | 7/5/12 | Paul Newberry

Posted on 07/06/2012 5:32:09 AM PDT by privatedrive

"The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit ..."

Those are the International Olympics Committee's own words, spelled out at the very beginning of its charter, right after the preamble, under a section known as "Fundamental Principles of Olympism."

It's time for the IOC to live up to them.

If Saudi Arabia won't allow women to compete at the London Games, tell the guys who run the oil-rich kingdom they can keep the rest of their team -- the men -- at home, too.

No more negotiations. No more sorting out the details. This is a major issue, no less important than a stand taken by the IOC nearly a half-century ago when faced with the issue of apartheid in South Africa.

(Excerpt) Read more at sports.espn.go.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ioc; olympics; saudiarabia

1 posted on 07/06/2012 5:32:20 AM PDT by privatedrive
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To: privatedrive

Perfect opportunity for Mitt to take a stand.


2 posted on 07/06/2012 5:35:33 AM PDT by privatedrive
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To: privatedrive

Come, now. Surely the hacks at AP understand that their socialist friends in the EU are just as hypocritical as they are, and won’t do anything that might jeopardize their oil supply.


3 posted on 07/06/2012 5:37:05 AM PDT by Pecos ("We hold these truths to be self-evident ..... ")
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To: Pecos

This is more of the ole “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” mentality.


4 posted on 07/06/2012 5:53:15 AM PDT by SengirV
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To: privatedrive

The IOC take a stand?

Against the Saudis?

Are these writers nuts?

The IOC will totally cave like the socialist weenies they are.


5 posted on 07/06/2012 9:51:59 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: MasterGunner01

Yeah you are right. But wouldn’t it be a smart move by Mitt to take a stand and say that the Saudi team should be banned from the Olympics until they allow women to participate? Seems to be a no-lose position for Mitt that would help him with female voters, independents and democrats. And his work with the 2012 Olympics gives him credibility on the issue. Hurry Mitt, before Obummer beats you to it!


6 posted on 07/09/2012 9:11:09 AM PDT by privatedrive
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