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Gay boycott of the winter Olympics? Relax! Don't do it!

By: The Leader
Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 04:15 GMT Jump to Comments

A boycott of Putin's winter Olympics by LGBT activists will have little effect and will miss a major opportunity to punish the posturing tyrant.

People like us have been here before. It's Olympic boycott time again. In fact boycotting the Olympics has become something of a regular international sporting event.

Seven countries boycotted the '56 Olympics (protesting about Suez and/or the Russian invasion of Hungary). Indonesia and North Korea boycotted the '64 Games. In '76 twenty-two African nations boycotted the games in a protest over South African apartheid. In '80 the US and more than 60 other countries boycotted the Moscow games in protest at the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. In '84 the Russians and 14 of their allies boycotted the Los Angeles games in a tit-for-tat move that simply emphasised the daftness of boycotts. In ‘88 North Korea boycotted the Seoul Olympics for obvious reasons and six other countries did not attend for less than obvious reasons.

Now a number of organisations have started to agitate for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as a protest against oppressive homophobic laws brought in by Putin.

What is it with Putin anyway? All that swaggering about in uniforms and cavalry boots? And posing in nothing but Charles Atlas shorts with pecs all tensed up and tummy pulled in? I bet she's met Dorothy!

Look! No one remembers who boycotted which Olympics and why they did it. But lots of us remember the two black Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos (first and third in the 200 meters at the '72 Munich games) who climbed onto the podium to get their medals and, as the Star Spangled Banner began to play, gave the clenched fist salute of Black Power.

Those of us who were young then will never forget it.

So let's not boycott the Sochi games. Let's all go. Let's all go and take the party with us. Let's all go and offer physical support to the oppressed in Putin's Russia. Who knows even I might get lucky. Let's all go and walk the streets sticking our tongues down each other's throats. Let's make the monster a laughing stock. Let's climb on to whatever podiums we can find and give the finger to Russian oppression.

In 1980, at the Moscow Olympics, the Polish pole vaulter (honestly I'm not making it up) Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz got on to the podium to receive his gold medal and slowly and formally turned to each corner of the stadium and gave the bent forearm, palm up salute, to the Russian crowd. Four times!

I would like to suggest we appoint Wladyslaw as a mascot. In 1980 Russia effectively ruled his country as a puppet state. He didn't boycott the Moscow games. He marched into the heart of an arrogant oppressive nation and gave them the finger. Kozakiewicz! My sort of man!

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