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Olympic officials want 'clarification' on Russian anti-gay law

August 09, 2013|By David Wharton
  • Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak take in the view from the stands of the Bolshoy Ice Dome, a venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics, during a visit to Sochi.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Deputy Prime Minister… (Dmitry Astakhov / Getty…)

With leading sports officials and world leaders continuing to voice concerns, the International Olympic Committee has asked the Russian government for reassurance that the country's new anti-gay law will not be enforced on athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

The law bans "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations," including discussion of gay rights and relationships where children might overhear.

The Russians provided some form of assurance on Thursday but the IOC wants more.

"We are waiting for the clarifications before having the final judgment on these reassurances," IOC President Jacques Rogge told the Associated Press.

Controversy over the law has dominated news about the Sochi Games and the track and field world championships, which begin in Moscow on Saturday.

In other Olympic news, the IOC has nominated British sports official Craig Reedie to be the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Former U.S. Olympian Edwin Moses was seen as a serious candidate for the job.

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