Russia 'pledges not to discriminate against gay people at Olympics'
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The International Olympic Committee has received "strong" promises from the Russian authorities "that there will be no discrimination" against homosexuals participating at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the committee's president said on Friday.
"We have received strong oral but also written reassurances that there will be no discrimination for the people who will attend the games in Sochi," Mr Jacques Rogge said at a press conference during a visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York.
"We are being comforted by the fact that the Russian federation agrees to respect the Olympic charter," he added.
Russian President Vladimir Putin stoked international outrage in June by signing into law a ban on the promotion or display of homosexual behavior in front of minors.