IOC 'fully satisfied' that Russia's anti-gay law does not violate Olympic charter

Published September 26, 2013

| Associated Press

The International Olympic Committee says it is "fully satisfied" that Russia's law banning gay propaganda does not violate the anti-discrimination guarantees of the Olympic charter.

IOC chairman Jean-Claude Killy said during a news conference Thursday that the committee deliberated for several days, but concluded that "the IOC doesn't have the right to discuss the ... laws that are in place in the country hosting the games" unless the Olympic charter is clearly violated.

Russian officials insist that the law is designed to protect children and is not discriminatory.

The IOC's Coordination Commission is making its 10th and final visit to Sochi ahead of the Winter Games. Construction is still taking place, but the commission asserted that the Black Sea city will be ready when the games begin on Feb. 7.

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