Australian Olympic shooters Russell and Lauryn Mark told news.com.au that they are being discriminated against by officials, who will not allow them to live together during the games, even though gay couples are reportedly allowed to do so.
Russell Mark told news.com.au: “The stupid part of this, which I have argued to them, is that there are tons of gay couples on the Olympic team who will be rooming together, so we are being discriminated against because we are heterosexual."
Lauryn Mark said that the Australian Olympic Committee has not helped: “Basically they said if we want to room together we need to check out of the village and go into a hotel at our own expense. It’s not feasible. I am very frustrated because in sport there are a lot of same-sex couples and it’s OK to be partners with someone of the same sex, but if you are heterosexual you are penalized.”
However, Nick Green, head of mission for the Australian Olympic Committee, told the London Evening Standard that the Marks are not being discriminated against: “Accommodation and bedding are done in a particular way to ensure all the athletes are accommodated in the village."
The couple has previously made headlines for Russell Mark’s claims that sleeping pills help him, and Lauren Mark’s provocative photo shoot showing her in a bikini on the cover of a magazine.