Olympic committee adds anti-discrimination clause for future Olympic Games

In a letter to the prospective host cities of the 2022 winter Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said that it will add a new anti-discrimination clause to any future host contracts.

This follows the controversy which surrounded the Games in Sochi earlier this year, where it was claimed that Russian anti-gay propaganda had damaged gay rights in the country.

At the time the IOC said that it was powerless to dictate the laws of a sovereign state.

The letter was sent out on 16 September to Almaty, Beijing and Oslo, the three prospective hosts of the Games.

In it, Christophe Dubi, the IOC's Olympic Games director, said that the new clause will include "the prohibition of any form of discrimination, using the wording of Fundamental Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter."

Principle 6 states that "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."

Dubi added that the changes are aimed at "addressing certain potential concerns for candidate cities and future host cities, in the spirit of good faith and cooperation, and taking into consideration certain comments made by the candidate cities."

The host of the 2022 winter Olympic Games will be decided in Kuala Lumpa in July next year.