Russia assures IOC it won’t discriminate during Olympics

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LONDON — The Russian government assured the IOC that it will not discriminate against homosexuals during the Sochi Olympics, while defending its law against gay “propaganda” that has provoked an international backlash.

The IOC received a letter from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak giving reassurances the host country will comply fully with the Olympic Charter’s provision against discrimination of any kind.

The letter still leaves open the question of what would happen to Olympic athletes or fans if they make statements or gestures that could be considered propaganda.

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