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Russian Olympics Chief and IOC President Clash on Athlete Political 'Free Speech' Rules

Dmitry_ChernyshenkoDmitry Chernyshenko, the Russian head of the Sochi Games said today that Olympic athletes should not be allowed to express their political views during news conferences at the games, a position that puts him at odds with IOC President Thomas Bach, Radio Free Europe reports:

Bach said on January 27 that the Olympics "cannot be used as a stage for political demonstrations," but that "athletes enjoy the freedom of speech so if in a press conference they wanted to make a political statement, then they are absolutely free to do so."

Chernyshenko said that athletes could make political statements elsewhere, but not in the Olympic perimeter.

Keith Olbermann's 9-Minute Blistering Rant Against Sochi Games, IOC, Anti-Gay Russia: VIDEO


Keith Olbermann opened his ESPN show with a 9-minute explanation of Russia's anti-gay laws and denunciation of the statements by Sochi Games officials yesterday that boycotts against Olympics sponsors over anti-gay laws in Russia would hurt their bottom line. Olbermann also calls out Putin's hypocrisy and the Tchaikovsky card.

Must-watch segment!


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Head of Sochi Olympics Begs IOC to Quell International Outrage Over Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

Dmitry Chernyshenko (pictured), the organizing chief of the Sochi Games, begged the International Olympic Commitee to do something about all the building outrage over Russia's anti-gay laws, concerned about the fallout possible demonstrations would cause, the AP reports:

Dmitry_Chernyshenko“It’s very important to have your support to stop this campaign and this speculation regarding this issue," Chernyshenko said at an assembly of members of the IOC.

Marketing commission chairman Gerhard Heiberg added: "Especially the American sponsors are afraid what could happen. This could ruin a lot for all of us."

Reuters adds that Chernyshenko claimed that the law banning "gay propaganda" does not affect gays. And because Putin recently gave an award to a gay person, Russia respects homosexuals.

"The constitution of the Russian Federation guarantees equality of rights for everybody in the country. It explicitly prohibits any form of discrimination," he told the IOC session...

"We make this clear. This law recently passed does not prohibit homosexuality directly or indirectly. It does not contradict elements of the Olympic Charter. It will not stop 2014 proudly upholding the Olympic values," Chernyshenko said.

"The law will have no impact for any guest visitor. Whether athletes or just fans or members of Olympic family, everybody is welcome to enjoy the fantastic Games."

Chernyshenko said Putin had awarded "the highest Russian order" to a homosexual recently. "This is a greatest example of diversity of our country. It's important to have your (IOC) support in this campaign."


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