John M. Becker

IOC President: We're Powerless to Intervene in Russia

Filed By John M. Becker | September 06, 2013 10:15 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: gay propaganda, International Olympic Committee, IOC, Jacques Rogge, Olympics 2014, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Russian propaganda law, Sochi, Sochi Olympics

"We have received some oral and written assurances about the fact the Russian Federation will respect the Olympic charter and no negative effect will occur for people attending in or participating in the Games.

"But one should not forget that we are staging the games in a sovereign state and the IOC cannot be expected to have an influence on the sovereign affairs of a country."

-- IOC President Jacques Rogge, admitting in Buenos Aires yesterday that the committee is powerless to intervene to stop Russia's draconian anti-LGBT crackdown ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. When a reporter pressed him, Rogge insisted that the IOC could not, and should not, intervene.

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