Winter Olympics 2014: Google Doodle marks the Sochi Games

By Ritu Singh | Last Updated: Friday, February 7, 2014 - 13:17

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: To mark the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Google has come up with a colourful and vibrant doodle.

The visitors to Google`s homepage will be greeted with a multi-coloured image featuring some of the main sporting events that will be taking place, including skiing, snowboarding and curling.

But not just this, another eye catching part is a quote from the Olympic Charter rejecting discrimination which is positioned at the bottom of the doodle. The quote 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."
Clicking on the image in the doodle will take the visitor to Search Results for "Olympic Charter" from the International Olympic Committee website.

Despite the positive message being enlisted in the doodle, there has been much controversy surrounding Russia`s human rights record since Sochi won the bid to host the Winter Olympics. Concerns have been raised about the treatment of the country`s gay community.
Gay rights had become an issue in the Winter Games due to a Russian law that criminalises "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" in the presence of minors.

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics officially starts today with an opening ceremony at the Fisht Olympic Stadium. It will be run from 7-23 February while the Winter Paralympics will be held between 7-16 March.



First Published: Friday, February 7, 2014 - 09:57

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