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Olympics president admits he cannot stop anti-gay laws in Russia

Outgoing president Jacques Rogge has said they are considering Yelena Isinbayeva's role as an ambassador after her anti-gay comments
Jacques Rogge (left) has admitted the Olympics cannot do anything about Russia's anti-gay laws.

The Olympics president has admitted he is powerless to stop the anti-gay laws during the Sochi Winter Games.

Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee’s outgoing president, has said the world organization can do little to nothing.

Speaking in Buenos Aires, he said: ‘We have received some oral and written assurances about the fact the Russian Federation will respect the Olympic charter and no negative effect will occur for people attending in or participating in the Games.

‘But one should not forget that we are staging the games in a sovereign state and the IOC cannot be expected to have an influence on the sovereign affairs of a country.’

Russian pole vaulting star Yelena Isinbayeva defended the new law before collecting her gold medal at the World Athletic Championships in Moscow last month.

'If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people,' she said.

'We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys.'

Later, she blamed her poor English for her statements and insisted she opposed discrimination against gays.

Rogge has now said the IOC will be examining her role as an Olympic ambassador.

‘This is something we will consider in due time,’ he said.

While it is unknown whether Russia will charge any athlete or tourist for promoting gay rights at Sochi Olympics, the IOC could have deal out punishment under their own rules.

The IOC bans ‘political propaganda’, which could lead to athletes being disqualified from the competition.

The Olympics Committee will be voting on Saturday (7 September) to decide who will host the 2020 Summer Olympics after Rio De Janeiro in 2016. They will choose between Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo.

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