By Jacques Rogge
(LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND) – The International Olympic Committee is clear that sport is a human right and should be available to all regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation.
The Games themselves should be open to all, free of discrimination, and that applies to spectators, officials, media, and, of course, athletes. We would oppose in the strongest terms any move that would jeopardise this principle.
As you know, this (Russian) legislation has just been passed into law and it remains to be seen whether and how it will be implemented, particularly as regards the Games in Sochi.
As a sporting organization, what we can do is to continue to work to ensure that the Games can take place without discrimination against athletes, officials, spectators, and the media.
To that end, the IOC has received assurances from the highest level of government in Russia that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games.