Rights activists have accused ruling lawmakers in Japan of violating the Olympic spirit with homophobic remarks that included saying same-sex relationships “resist the preservation of the species”. The comments, made during discussions on a new anti-discrimination bill, have sparked a backlash as Japan prepares to host the virus-postponed Games in two months’ time. Broadcaster TBS and other Japanese media also quoted an unnamed lawmaker as saying that LGBTQ sexualities “can’t be accepted in a moral way”. Pride House Tokyo criticized the remarks in a joint statement Saturday with US-based campaign group Athlete Ally. The Olympic charter states that “every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind”.