Jacques Rogge, the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), asked Russia for further clarity on whether the law banning gay propaganda will be enforced during the Sochi Olympics.
Last week, the IOC said it had received assurances from the Russian government that athletes and visitors would be exempt from the law during the Games, but that claim was immediately shot down by some Russian legislators, and by Sports Minister.
At a news conference in Moscow, ahead of the start of the World Athletics Championships in the Russian capital, Rogge said his body needed clarification over the English translation of the anti-gay law.
"We received all reassurances emanating from Mr Dmitry Kozak, who is in charge of the organisation of the Games in Sochi. But we asked for written confirmation of these reassurances", said Rogge. "We received them yesterday, we have studied it this morning but there are still uncertainties, and we have decided to ask for more clarification as of today. So we are waiting for this clarification before having final judgement on these reassurances".
Rogge concluded: "The Games themselves should be open to all, free of discrimination. Our position is very clear but as we don't have all full details of a good comprehension of the law we cannot make any comment on that".
In addition, some LGBT sport and human rights organisations have called on the IOC to make sure the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia is safe for LGBT athletes to attend.
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