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Birmingham Commonwealth Games open to allow Pride flags on podium

FILE PHOTO: Commonwealth Games baton relay launch
FILE PHOTO: People carry the flags of Commonwealth countries at the kick-off ceremony of the Commonwealth Games baton relay, outside Buckingham Palace in London, Britain October 7, 2021 Victoria Jones / Pool via REUTERS

December 8, 2021

(Reuters) – Commonwealth Sports Federation (CGF) chief executive Katie Sadleir said organizers were open to the idea of ​​athletes carrying the Pride flag to the podium at the event next year in Birmingham.

Sadleir told the BBC: “We’ll be talking to athletes in the next six months before the Olympics about what that may or may not look like – but for sure, we’re very open to that. there.

Speaking at the launch of the Commonwealth Sports Pride Network, an initiative to bring together LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches and organizers from Commonwealth countries, Sadleir said the CGF “fully accepts” the athletes’ right to free speech but added that it would address the code of conduct.

“We have a code of conduct and there is some aspect of respect for other competitors and where you do what you do,” Sadleir said.

“From the point of view of advocates and free speech, that’s what we’re embracing, radically.”

The 2022 Commonwealth Games are scheduled to take place from July 28 to August 8.

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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