Google has posted a new doodle as homage to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which start today in Russia. The doodle depicts various winter sports set in rainbow colors, which is also the universally accepted code to represent the LGBT community. The doodle is clearly a stab at Russia’s archaic laws against homosexuality, which again has been the main talking point in the lead up to the games.
The doodle is also featured on Google’s Russia page (google.ru) and when you click on it, it throws up search results relating to the Olympic Charter. Google has also slyly posted a stinging paragraph from the Charter on its homepage. It 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.” – Olympic Charter.
This year’s Winter Olympics will host around 3,000 athletes, a record for the Winter Olympics and will have 98 events, including the new slope-style extreme skiing competition. But, instead of the sports and athletes, the talk leading to the Sochi Games has been all about how Russia will treat homosexual athletes. President Vladimir Putin’s tough stance has also seen various world leaders like US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Canadian PM Stephen Harper and French President Francois Hollande refuse to attend the games.