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Scott Blackmun Says It's Not USOC's Role To Advocate Change In Russia Anti-Gay Laws
Published October 22, 2013
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GROWING CONCERN: The letters underscore just how controversial Russia’s anti-gay legislation has become ahead of the Sochi Games. The rule led advocates to write letters of concern to Olympic sponsors and call for a boycott of the Games by the IOC, USOC and other national Olympic committees. In addition to capturing the attention of Congress, it also has captured the attention of the White House. Shortly after winning the IOC presidency, Thomas Bach received a letter from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the law. Kerry wrote, “The IOC’s impressive history of standing on principle underscores that advocating for the universality of human rights is a global moral imperative, one completely consistent with the IOC’s mission. This proud tradition gives us faith the IOC will take a principled stance in support of human rights in Russia.”