Google Doodle points to Olympic Charter – ‘sport is a human right’

7 Feb 2014

Today's Olympic Google Doodle on the search giant's homepage

Google has taken a stand against Russia’s anti-gay laws on the opening of the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi today, with a doodle in Gay Pride colours and quote from the Olympic Charter, which states the practise of sport is a human right.

The charter, fourth out of seven fundamental principles of Olympism, reads: “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, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”

Last revised in 2013, the charter is a set of guidelines and rules for the organisation of the Olympic Games.

Russia’s treatment of its gay community has been made all the more potent by laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and have incited cruel acts of ostracism and violence.

The laws and resulting poisonous atmosphere that have spilled over into attacks on LGBT people have disgusted and horrified the world.

Today’s sylised Google logo shows the colours of the LGBT pride flag and may be the first of many doodles that will be unveiled daily on the internet search giant’s homepage during the Olympics.

The logo brings users to search results for the Olympic Charter.

To keep up with the various doodles that will appear over the coming weeks, visit the Google Doodles page.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years