Australia’s Olympic Bobsled Teams Sponsored by LGBT Group

Australia’s Olympic Bobsled Teams Sponsored by LGBT Group

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Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images
Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Australia’s bobsled teams announced last week that they will be sponsored by Principle 6, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights campaign during the Sochi Olympics.

Captain of the men’s team, Heath Spence said: “We’re against discrimination in sport, full stop. That means we also oppose discrimination against gay and lesbian athletes.”

Principle 6 was founded by All Out and Athlete Ally, two non-profit organizations. The campaign’s name comes from the 6th principle in the Olympic Charter which states: “Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”

The Principle 6 logo will not only be on the male and female Australian bobsleds, but over 40 other athletes as well.

“Us bobsledders are the biggest, the strongest, the fastest athletes in the Winter Olympics. And there’s two or four of us jammed into a sled” Spence said. “If we can support gay rights, why can’t everybody else?”

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