IOC seeks re-assurance on Russian anti-gay law

Moscow: Russian government's anti-gay law, which  bans "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" and imposes fines, has caused a major international outcry and spawned calls for protests ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.The IOC insisted
ioc seeks re assurance on russian anti gay law -...
IANS August 13, 2013 14:59 IST
Moscow: Russian government's anti-gay law, which  bans "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" and imposes fines, has caused a major international outcry and spawned calls for protests ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.



The IOC insisted Monday that there must be no restrictions on athletes in Sochi next year, according to The Moscow Times. It asked the Russians last week to provide written re-assurances about how the law will be applied.

C.K. Wu, an IOC executive board member, said the Russians must "fully understand" that the human rights of athletes, as enshrined in the Olympic Charter, have to be respected during the Feb 7-23 Olympics in the Black Sea resort.

"We want to know during the games what will happen in different situations," Wu said. "What are you (Russia) going to do? So we are waiting for them to really respond."

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko insisted last Thursday that Olympic athletes would have to respect the laws of the country during the event. On Friday, he said there was no way Russia would back down under political pressure.
 
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