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US Olympic Committee denounces Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law

US Olympic Committee denounces Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law

The US Olympic Committee has publicly denounced Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law but is asking athletes to abide by it anway at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun told Russia’s R-Sport. on Friday (16 August) that the law is ‘inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the Olympic and Paralympic movements.’

But that doesn’t mean the USOC wants its athletes flouting a law that makes it illegal to publicly show any support for homosexuality.

‘The athletes are always going into countries with laws different than his or her own country,’ Blackmun said. ‘They’re going to agree with those laws in some ways, they’re going to disagree with those laws in other ways.’

‘It’s our strong desire that our athletes comply with the laws of every nation that we visit,’ he added. ‘This law is no different.’

At this week’s World Track and Field Championships in Moscow, US runner Nick Symmonds dedicated his silver medal in the 800 meters to LGBT friends back home. In addition, two female Swedish athletes painted their nails in the colors of the rainbow flag as a statement against the law.