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IOC has concerns about anti-gay law

3 years 5 months 1 week ago August 09, 2013 Aug 9, 2013 Friday, August 09 2013 August 09, 2013 9:23 AM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

MOSCOW - The International Olympic Committee is waiting for more clarification from the Russian government on the anti-gay law that is overshadowing preparations for the Winter Games in Sochi.

The law was signed by President Vladimir Putin in June. It bans "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" and imposes fines on those holding gay pride rallies. It has caused a major international outcry and spawned calls for protests ahead of the Feb. 7-23 Olympics in the Black Sea resort.

IOC President Jacques Rogge says the Russian government has provided written reassurances about the law, but that some elements are still too unclear to pass judgment on.

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