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IOC 'cross' with Russia over anti-gay law

IOC 'cross' with Russia over anti-gay law; executive says Olympic charter must be respected

IOC 'cross' with Russia over anti-gay law

LONDON (AP) -- A senior IOC official says the Olympic movement is "cross" with Russia for implementing anti-gay legislation ahead of the Sochi Games.

C.K. Wu, an executive board member who is running for the IOC presidency, says Russia has been asked to provide assurances there won't be restrictions on athletes that contravene the Olympic charter during next year's Winter Olympics.

Russia's law bans "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" and imposes fines on those holding gay pride rallies.

Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko insisted last week Russia wouldn't back down under political pressure, saying Sochi competitors must respect the laws.

But Wu says Russia must guarantee there will be no discrimination against athletes, stressing: "We are not joking. So they have to really find the best solution ... our message is cross, very clear."

Updated : 2021-07-29 18:26 GMT+08:00