President Barack Obama said today that he does not support the growing calls for a boycott of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi because of Russia’s anti-gay laws.
‘I do not think it’s appropriate to boycott the Olympics,’ Obama said at a White House press conference. ‘We’ve got a bunch of Americans out there who are training hard, who are doing everything they can do to succeed.’
Obama added: ‘Nobody’s more offended than me by some of the anti-gay and lesbian legislation than you’ve been seeing in Russia. One of the things I’m really looking forward to is some gay and lesbian athletes bringing home some gold, silver or bronze which I think would go a long way in rejecting the kind of attitudes that we’re seeing now.’
The US President also said: ‘If Russia doesn’t have gay or lesbian athletes, it will probably make their team weaker.’
Russia’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.