POSTED: August 23rd 2013

International Olympic Committee receives assurances from Russian government

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Amidst worries regarding Russia’s anti-gay legislation and the backlash for participation at the Olympics the International Olympic Committee received written guarantee from the Russian government that athletes competing in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics would be welcome regardless of sexual orientation.

“Russia has committed itself to comply strictly with the provisions of the Olympic Charter and its fundamental principles, according to item 6 of which ‘any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement,” Prime Minister Kozak wrote in a letter to the IOC.

“The Russian Federation guarantees the fulfillment of its obligations before the International Olympic Committee in its entirety.”

An International Olympic Committee statement released in response to the letter said “the Games should be open to all, free of discrimination, and that applies to spectators, officials, media and of course athletes. We would oppose in the strongest terms any move that would jeopardise this principle.”

The Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony will take place at the Fisht Olympic Stadium 7 February.

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