But by stating that Russia's anti-gay law doesn't violate a promise to fight against discrimination, the IOC has made both a political move and a nonsensical one. The Olympic Charter language I quoted above doesn't just refer to sports — it refers to "any form of discrimination." And so by expressing its satisfaction that Russia hasn't violated Olympic principles, the IOC essentially suggested that anti-LGBT discrimination isn't really discrimination. As Cyd Zeigler points out at Outsports, Russia itself already indicated as much — but the IOC is an international body that often touts having a codified set of higher standards. Apparently, the committee is not interested in living up to them.