Forget boycotting Olympics to protest Russia's anti-gay laws

Until Russian athletes such as Alexander Ovechkin speak out against Russia's anti-gay laws, nothing...

Until Russian athletes such as Alexander Ovechkin speak out against Russia's anti-gay laws, nothing will matter to the Russian government. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:32 PM ET

Canadian sporting icons such as Sidney Crosby can speak out against Russia’s new anti-gay propaganda laws until the cows come home and the Russian government won’t bat an eye.

Despite what people in the West may feel about the Russian government’s new anti-gay legislation — and there is a growing movement for a boycott of this winter’s Sochi Olympics — the Russians realize that there will never be a boycott of their Games and therefore likely don’t care what Crosby or any other non-Russian athlete thinks of the law forbidding the promotion of homosexuality.

The Games will go on. And they should.

All a boycott would do is punish the athletes, and the athletes don’t deserve to be punished for something they have nothing to do with. They’re innocent cogs in this play. There are other ways to protest.

Still, what might give the Russian government a jolt is if a high-profile Russian athlete spoke up against the new legislation.


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