The International Olympic Committee today asked Russia for ‘further clarification’ on how its anti-gay propaganda law will be applied during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
IOC President Jacques Rogge said at a news conference that they have received ‘reassurances’ from Deputy Prime minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak who is in charge of the organization of the Games in Sochi.
‘We asked for written confirmation of these reassurances,’ Reuters reports Rogge as saying. ‘We received them yesterday, we have studied it this morning but there are still uncertainties and we have decided to ask for more clarification as of today. So we are waiting for this clarification before having final judgement on these reassurances."
He added: ‘This is about a couple of paragraphs – we don’t understand all the details because of probably a difficulty in translation. We don’t think it is a fundamental issue, more of a translation issue.’
Rogge’s comments come as opposition to Russia’s anti-gay laws grows and there are growing calls to have the Olympics moved elsewhere or to boycott them.
The country’s recently-enacted anti-gay propaganda law allows police officers to arrest tourists and foreign nationals they suspect of being homosexual, lesbian, or ‘pro-gay’ and detaining them for up to 14 days.
‘The Games themselves should be open to all, free of discrimination,’ Rogge said. ‘Our position is very clear but as we don’t have all (the) full details of a good comprehension of the law we cannot make any comment on that.’