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German President Boycotts The 2014 Sochi Olympics!

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german president declines to visit russia during the 2014 winter olympics

It looks like someone is finally taking a stand!

German president Joachim Gauck says he does NOT plan of traveling to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics in protest of Russia's laws banning gay "propoganda."

President Gauck has been very vocal in his disapproval of the controversial legislation saying that it is a violation of human rights. He has not paid any official visits to Russia since he has come into office in 2012.

Germany will still have a presence at the olympics as athletes are still planning on participating, but they said there was no plan for the president to join them. However, he WILL be a part of the welcoming party for athletes in Munich after the games.

President Gauck's office confirmed that he wont be traveling to Sochi in February, but they hesitated to call the move a boycott. Still, he's the first major political figure to take a stance against Russia hosting the olympics, despite their anti-gay legislation.

You go, Mr. President!

[Image via AP Images.]

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10 comments to “German President Boycotts The 2014 Sochi Olympics!”

  1. 1

    America does not own nor run Russia. Russia makes their own laws. We really need to stop sticking our nose in everyone else's business and start worrying about America. They know how Russia is, and if they don't like it, then simply don't go. You can't go around acting like we're better than them when our anti-gay legislation was JUST changed.

  2. 2

    I find it funny, Perez, that you would push to boycott these Olympics because of their gay laws, but didn't push to boycott China despite their human rights violations. Or how about US Olympics because of capital punishment laws, or Brazil for their treatment of the poor, or Australia for their treatment of aboriginals, or Greece for racism, or Britain for continued colonialism - there is something to complain about no matter which country hosts. The games are for athletes, and politics need to be put aside.

  3. BullyBullBullBully says – reply to this


    Guilt and embarrassment over the that nation's hitler past has made them one of the most sensible countries in europe and probably the world.

  4. Gigi M says – reply to this


    This article is about Germany not America. Spicifically it states that the German President will not attend the games in Sochi. What is more egregious and ridiculous is that you appear unaware that Russian's leadership has been far more active in making sticking its' nose and tanks in the business of neighboring sovereign countries and in sticking their noses US business. Read carefully before you spout off inane, ill-informed and chauvinist opinions.

  5. Yonaka says – reply to this


    Actually, Mr. Gauck is not as powerful as the title "president" suggest. But is a step in the right direction. Sure, every country is allowed to make it own rules, but rules agains gays or the other way around for the traditional family (like Barilla) are not developing with time. And you can discussed if it is not even against the human rights. I hope we will live in a world where it doesn't matter.

  6. @v@ says – reply to this


    'Propaganda,' not propoganda. Olympic games should be apolitical; they are about individual and team sport excellence. They bring countries TOGETHER, and should not have an agenda, because it seems everybody's got one these days. Russia is behind other countries as glasnost is only a couple of decades old, but humans being what they are, their population will evolve a bit later as news reports clearly show that gays actively exist in their country. Considering how dependent Germany is on Russia's gas for heating, I'd say a formal meeting would do far more to outline Gauck's stance. What if Russia decided to use gas with an agenda? That also wouldn't be a forward but a backwards move toward any common goals.

  7. 7

    Interesting how Obama has done nothing. He was only kissing up to the gays during the last election but actually doesn't give a rat's ass about them.

  8. @v@ says – reply to this


    I initially thought this photo was Jerry Springer for a second.

  9. geok103 says – reply to this


    Re: NOLAgurl2010 – Sorry but we have every right to. That's what the United Nations are for. If Russia is going against a specific rule in the olympics that says there shall be no discrimination of any kind, then we are allowed to boycott.

  10. geok103 says – reply to this


    Re: Mad Dog – words couldn't describe how perfectly you phrased that statement. You are 100 % right. I'm tired of presidents who don't do anything and just rest their fat asses on the White House couch. Sure he's done some good things and I know them all, but none of them have been absolutely life changing and revolutionary for americans. Please wake up Obama and don't be scared to change America.