Britain's Olympic selectors could be obliged to provide places in the team for those from poor backgrounds as it emerged today that one in three of the team went to private schools. Harriet Harman, the Equalities Minister, said yesterday "Only seven percent of the population go to private schools, and our Olympic Team should reflect this in the interests of equality. I'd expect to see selectors giving special consideration to poorly performing athletes from poor backgrounds in their final decisions for 2012."
If Olympic selectors fail to put together a team that reflects Britain's social make up, they could be in breach of the new Equalities Act. They are understood to be in contact with the IOC over the proposed changes, and also to deal with an appeal from Grey Mist, the UK older adults forum, who have accused Olympic selectors of age discrimination. "Just look at the team" Mrs Beryl Shanks said yesterday "not a single over-60 amongst them. If that isn't blatant age discrimination I don't know what is."
The gay organisation Stonewall was expected to join the protest today, with complaints that there were too few homosexuals and transgendered athletes in Britain's team.
The IOC had no comment to make.