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Gus Kenworthy says IOC should consider host’s human rights stance before awarding it Olympics

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Gus Kenworthy urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reconsider awarding the Games to countries with anti-LGBTQ+ stances.

The athlete shared that he was gay in October 2015 and has since frequently used his platform to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights.

On 19 February, the 30-year-old made a statement after participating in his final three ski events. As well as confirming his retirement, the American Horror Story star asked the IOC to consider a country’s position on human rights before allowing it to host the Olympic Games. “I am absolutely a fan of Olympics,” he explained after the men’s freeski halfpipe final. “I also think, that being said, because it’s the world stage and everyone is watching, there is an opportunity to create positive change and the IOC could help dictate that change by pushing on certain issues.” The decision to allow Beijing to host the Winter Olympics has been heavily criticised, particularly because of its alleged treatment of its minority Uyghur population – something China has strongly denied.

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