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New IOC President Thomas Bach Addresses Issues Of The Day

Less than an hour after being named the new IOC President, Thomas Bach fielded a series of questions from English-language media. These were his first official comments to the press after the election, and he touched on everything from Russia's anti-gay laws to challenges in organizing the '16 Rio Games.

Q: Is it very important with the Sochi Games coming up to lay out a clear policy for how Rule 50 will be enforced?
Bach: Today we cannot enter into discussion about all the details. We will follow our values and the Olympic Charter to make sure that the Olympic Games and the participants in the Olympic Games can compete without any discrimination. We have the assurances from the highest authorities in Russia. We trust these assurances. The policy of the IOC in more detail will be worked out and communicated with the National Olympic Committees, with the athletes and, of course, with the media.

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