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At Flame Ceremony, IOC President Says He Has 'Assurances' from Russia on Gays: VIDEO


The Olympic flame for the Sochi 2014 Games was lit in Greece yesterday and IOC President Thomas Bach repeated the organization's assertion that it was okay for the Games to be held there because Russia would not bother anyone:

"We have to ensure the policy of non-discrimination at all venues and for all athletes and for all other participants...We have the assurances of the highest authorities in Russia, and yesterday I spoke with the Russian delegation here in Olympia again and they reassured us that the Olympic Charter will fully apply for all the participants of the games at all Olympic venues."

The IOC continues to not appear to have any concern about the values of the country or the human rights abuses being inflicted upon Russian LGBT citizens beyond its own event.

Watch Bach's interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. This. Is. Simply. Stupefying. The overt myopia is simply so blatant as to be ludicrous. My sense is that we have been seriously let down by our self-appointed, former activist Leadership and are being overtly and obviously sidelined by our governments...all in the name of Money.

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | Sep 30, 2013 2:41:33 PM

  2. No Sochii Winter Games watching for me and my partner. Not even replays. Sorry but you lose NBC and IOC corporate/broadcast sponsors. Good luck to our athletes but I'll NOT be watching.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Sep 30, 2013 2:48:10 PM

  3. "Assurances" is code for "look the other way and get a fat payoff under the table".

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Sep 30, 2013 2:59:26 PM

  4. IOC = anti-gay hate organisation!

    Posted by: litper | Sep 30, 2013 3:09:41 PM

  5. The classic "as long as I get what I want" face from the IOC official there.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 30, 2013 3:17:38 PM

  6. That IOC guy is another fool. lol. Hate is an official Russian policy. It has always been throughout their history.

    Posted by: barney | Sep 30, 2013 3:18:49 PM

  7. So there are assurances for gay participants. Nothing about gay tourist going to see the games. Cowards.

    Posted by: Larry | Sep 30, 2013 3:19:15 PM

  8. Oh well, as long as you have assurances. For a second there I thought you'd settle for something insubstantial.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Sep 30, 2013 3:19:35 PM

  9. More complicity and rewarding the rape, torture, beating, imprisonment, silencing, and MURDER of innocent human beings. The Olympics ignored it in Berlin and are ignoring it now. The difference now is that their complicity was ignored when the Nazis were tried, convicted and sentenced - it will not be ignored this time. The IOC executives will be right in line behind the Russian government to be tried, convicted and sentenced for their crimes against humanity. Whether it is hanging or prison, justice will be served.

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 30, 2013 3:23:48 PM

  10. Stop your endless bitching. "Hate" is your official policy.

    Posted by: WM | Sep 30, 2013 3:23:52 PM

  11. Yeah, sure! This is war! Not only boycott everything NBC! But boycott ALL the hateful sponsors Cola-Cola , Dow Chemical, General Electric, Mac Donald's, Omega, Panasonic, Proctor and Gamble, Samsung, and Visa everyday. They have made it crystal clear that they put their own obscene profit above human rights. GAY RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS! Everyone must be involved . . .

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 30, 2013 3:27:13 PM

  12. Hitler gave assurances that visitors to Berlin wouldn't be subjected to Jewish propaganda during the 1936 Olympics as well. Look how that turned out.

    Posted by: Gigi | Sep 30, 2013 3:44:00 PM

  13. I assure you that I will not watch one minute of the broadcast.

    how's that for assurance?

    Posted by: Truthiness | Sep 30, 2013 4:39:25 PM

  14. Is anyone even listening to this guy? The Sochi Olympics is already a painful memory to me. Wouldn't watch if I were paid. Please.

    Posted by: Geoff | Sep 30, 2013 4:54:07 PM

  15. Not One Second in this household. Not One!

    Posted by: bear | Sep 30, 2013 6:00:26 PM

  16. I don't know about the current IOC committee, but in the past it has included at least one former nazi. What does that tell you about how honorable this organization is?

    Posted by: John Freeman | Sep 30, 2013 6:03:26 PM

  17. Get over yourselves. You're all just bored and overinflated. A gay person not watching a sporting event is nothing novel, and it will all go off without a hitch. Somebody likes to be oppressed. Go f--k yourselves. Go read the comments in "Variety" about gay actor discrimination if you want to know what the world really thinks of you. And these aren't Russians.

    Posted by: GB | Sep 30, 2013 6:08:27 PM

  18. Sure, those assurances did a great job in Germany. Made life so much better for minorities...

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 30, 2013 6:10:31 PM

  19. You're running on Hitler hopes. Punishment for your subconscious self-hatred.

    Posted by: AH | Sep 30, 2013 6:39:03 PM

  20. Hollywood loves you.
    Study Finds Bias Persists Against Gay and Lesbian Actors …

    Posted by: GB | Sep 30, 2013 6:46:13 PM

  21. @gb. so bigots and homophobes flood the comments on websites, lashing out against gay people? omg you don't say. this is big news

    Posted by: gomez | Sep 30, 2013 7:44:09 PM

  22. The assurances are worthless since Russian officials, including Putin, claim there is NO discrimination taking place in Russia now, or in the past, against Gay people.

    If it looks like, sounds like, feels like discrimination, IT IS DISCRIMINATION!!!

    Posted by: jsb | Sep 30, 2013 10:27:21 PM

  23. You know, GB, you might take a moment to reflect upon whether it's at all valid to compare some mean-spirited comments on the Variety website (um, really?) to the government-supported systematic rape, torture, and murder of an entire minority community. I, for one, would rather take my chances with a bunch of homo-hating commenters on websites representing emtertainment industry rade publications than face a horde of Russian neo-Nazi thugs with no jobs, no prospects, lots of time on their hands, and a burning need for a scapegoat to take their tiny, atrophied minds off the grinding poverty and deep hopelessness of their lives in that hot mess of a country.

    Oh, and I'd tell you to go f-ck yourself, but you'd need a d-ck big enough to see without a pair of reading glasses, you pathetic c-nt.

    Posted by: the milkman | Sep 30, 2013 10:50:37 PM

  24. the comments on variety are the result of the drudge report linking to the story, and the mouthbreathers swarm in

    Posted by: gomez | Oct 1, 2013 8:09:43 AM

  25. drudge linked to the story on variety, hence the mouthbreathers

    Posted by: gomez | Oct 1, 2013 8:10:35 AM

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