New Delhi: "The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play."
On the day the the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (the 22nd Winter Olympics) in Russia begins, Google has posted a fundamental principle of the Olympic Charter on its home page along with a doodle showcasing six Winter Olympics disciplines presented in the colours of rainbow flag / pride flag, that represents gay pride.
The extract from the Olympic Charter and the doodle is Google's way of protesting against Russian President Vladimir Putin's scarcely veiled campaign against gays and there has also been much discussion on how Russia would deal with gay athletes during the Winter Games.
The same doodle and the extract has also been posted on Google's Russia home page.
The Olympic Charter is the codification of the Fundamental Principles of Olympism, rules and bye-laws adopted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It governs the organisation, action and operation of the Olympic Movement and sets forth the conditions for the celebration of the Olympic Games.
Some 3,000 athletes, a record for the Winter Olympics, will come for 98 events, including the new slopestyle extreme skiing competition that began Thursday. More women will compete than ever before.
Google has been expressing its support for the LGBT movement in its own unique ways.
In June 2011 Google marked the Gay and Lesbian Pride Month with an easter egg on its search results page.
For search results for terms such as "gay", "lesbian", "transgender" and "lgbt", Google displayed a rainbow, signifying the rainbow flag of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) movement at the end of the search bar.
Google and its founders have been open in their support for gay rights and gay marriage.