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IOC rep: everything “really magnificent” in Sochi

Agence France Press is reporting that Jean-Claude Killy, International Olympic Committee coordination committee chairman, is enthusiastic about Russia’s preparations for the Winter games.

“Everything is really magnificent,” said Killy at the committee’s final conference before the Games commence on February 7, 2014.

The IOC added that it was satisfied that a Russian law banning “gay propaganda” did not violate the Olympic Charter.

“As long as the Olympic Charter is respected, we are satisfied,” said Killy.

The Charter says that “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit.”

The Charter also states:  “Any form of discrimination with regard to country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic movement.”

Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak had this to say about Russia’s anti-propaganda law:

“Regarding this law, if people of traditional sexual orientation spread propaganda of non-traditional sex to children, then they will also be held accountable. So there is simply no need to talk about discrimination.”

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