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SBD/November 6, 2013/Olympics
Sochi Aiming To Have "Safest Games Ever," But Will Not Employ Big Brother Tactics
Published November 6, 2013
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW: Chernyshenko said that there "will be no repercussions during the Olympics for anyone who wears rainbow pins or rainbow anything in response to Russia's anti-gay legislation." He added, "Has anybody noted what kind of uniform game organizers will be wearing?" USA TODAY's Whiteside notes Chernyshenko then "pulled out his iPhone and scrolled to photos of smiling rainbow-hued organizers" and IOC President Thomas Bach "decked out in the rainbow uniform." Then Chernyshenko showed a photo "of the official Sochi gloves -- with fingers, you guessed it, colors of the rainbow" (USA TODAY, 11/6).
READY FOR THEIR CLOSE UP: REUTERS reported the Ukrainian city of Lviv yesterday "launched a bid" to host the '22 Winter Olympics in the Carpathian Mountains, "seeking to become the first East European nation apart from Russia to stage the Games." Earlier yesterday, China's state media reported that Beijing and the northern city of Zhangjiakou will "jointly bid for the Games." Other bids could come "from Poland and Norway" (REUTERS, 11/5).