Among the mysteries of the world of sports is why the Olympic Committee decided to award the Winter Olympic games to Russia, and why the Russian government decided to hold a “Winter” sporting event in the south of Russia where there is not much snow. Of course, a greater mystery is why the Olympic Committee awarded its winter games to a regime that persecutes people due to their sexual beliefs. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon finally blasted the Russian government for conducting a war against gays and lesbians. “We must raise our voices against attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. We must oppose the arrests, imprisonments, and discriminatory restrictions they face.” Oh, he did note that Vladimir Putin gave assurances that those supporting these weird people would not be harmed–at least those doing so were within the territory of the Olympic Games.
If the UN or anyone else wanted to send a message to Vladimir Putin, then it should have been a very clear one. Either Russia invalidates laws against gays and lesbians or Russia can be excused from hosting Olympic events. That message just might have altered the decision of Putin to pass such laws.