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Olympics and International Sports Law Research Guide

This guide is for researching the legal aspects of the Olympic Games. General international sports law resources are also included.

Gay Rights Concerns

For the Sochi Winter Games, a particular concern has been Russia's harsh anti-gay propaganda laws which prevent discussion of nontraditional sexual relations in front of minors. Many gay rights activists have advocated for protests of Olympic sponsors, and protests during the games, rather than boycotts of the games themselves. In response to Russia's crackdown on its gay, lesbian, and transgender community, President Obama voiced displeasure and the U.S. delegation to Sochi includes three openly gay athletes.