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IOC president: Criticism of Russia’s anti-gay law will not detract from Sochi

Monday, February 3, 2014
David Goldman, APInternational Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks during a press conference at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

David Goldman, AP
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks during a press conference at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

SOCHI, Russia — International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach says heavy security and criticism of Russia’s anti-gay law will not detract from the Sochi Olympics.

Bach also reiterates his defense of Russia’s spending on the games, saying the money is going to the long-term transformation of the region.

Speaking at a news conference four days before the opening ceremony, Bach voiced confidence in Russia’s ability to deliver a safe Olympics amid threats of terror attacks by insurgents from the North Caucasus.

Bach says “I have been assured before coming here and I am still assured being here.”

The IOC leader adds “we have to address this because anything else would be surrender to terrorists” and “this is last thing we all want to do.”

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59 more reader comments:

  1. I have to disagree with Bach! I for one am not excited about the games at all :(.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:12pm
  2. IT SHOULD!!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:13pm
  3. we in our house will watch not one minute of Sochi…and many friends have pledged the same

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:15pm
  4. he looks like a pedophile. i will not be watching these olympics. fuck you putin.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:15pm
  5. We did not donate this year.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:15pm
  6. I for one am boycotting everything about the Fascist Games…even figure skating…which is a sacrifice for me, but I cannot condone any of it.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:17pm
  7. You do not speak for the entire population Mr.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:18pm
  8. We should of boycotted the games.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:23pm
  9. I refuse to watch anything that comes from Russia and it’s homophobic realm. To hell with Putin and all the haters.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:23pm
  10. Yes, any place it’s better than Russia!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:24pm
  11. He’s living in his own little dream world. The Sochi Games will be remember for nothing but evil and controversy. It was the same with the Beijing Games. Ask the average person what they remember most about China hosting the Games and you’ll hear “the fact that entire neighborhoods were bulldozed to the ground with barely any warning to make room for stadium parking lots”. Countries with such horrid human rights records, like China and Russia, hosting the Games goes against everything the Olympic Charter is meant to stand for.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:27pm
  12. Riiilllly??? Ain’t watching a minute of it.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:29pm
  13. Any countries with poor human rights records should never get the Olympics.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:30pm
  14. Exactly!! I'm ashamed to say that it's taken LGBT people being under attack in an Olympic country to drive this point home for me. Better late than never though.

    Replied on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:39pm
  15. Not only should they not morally, but the actual charter AS WRITTEN would forbid Russia from hosting it. There is no interpretation or question required, and if the IOC can't obey the rules it presumably phonetically wrote and had transcribed by someone LITERATE, it should resign and preferably commit mass suicide.

    Replied on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:28pm
  16. check Clauses 5 and 6. One of the IOC drones, and various Fux Noose types, have said: 'Well, it's only about athletes.' No, no, no - Clause 6 says the anti-discrimination passages applies to anyone in the country.

    Replied on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:30pm
  17. Such BULL***t! Sochi will FOREVER be tainted with the blood of Russian GLBTQ people! It’s too easy to simply Putin & co., particularly when NBC and Coca-Cola ignore what is happening to gay people in Russia with their blind participation in and sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics. Did the people who run these corporations learn nothing from the specter of the Olympics of 1938 and the horrible events that unfolded so soon after?

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:33pm
  18. Boycott

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:35pm
  19. It already has detracted from Sochi and from Russia. Denial is not a river in Egypt idiot.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:37pm
  20. Really…you think not? What universe are you living in…I will not watch one second of these games. I hope our athletes do well and are safe, but I will not support any US organization profiting from this.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:48pm
  21. With 300,000 unsold tickets, hotels not completed, security up the ass creating long lines to get to the venues from downtown, warnings from the STate Department, and two American warships sitting in the Black Sea for emergency evacuation for Americans….I would say that the IOC Official is full of shit.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:50pm
  22. oh yes it will

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:54pm
  23. Yes it will!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:56pm
  24. it already has. the groundswell building detracts from everything. add to this the terrorist assaults and that is about as much opprobrium as the games can withstand

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:00pm
  25. Sir, you are a disgrace to humanity, the suffering of the many, simply because of their sexual or gender orientation, is of no matter to you? “Get thee behind me Satan”

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:02pm
  26. Just boycot it from youre tv ;) Fuck the games Fuck Russia Fuck my goverment to, becorse they are going with oure new fresh King and Queen , how do you mean we dont suport un equal rights ??? And also the IOC Fuck them to . I like watching Southpark so i think i watch that during the games much more fun to :P lol

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:06pm
  27. And the house of cards will fall when something horrible happens.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:21pm
  28. It sounds like he has been brainwashed by the Kremlin. Higher than usual security, warships in the sea, unfinished buildings and hotels, higher than usual cost, not paying workers, safety warnings from different countries, unsold tickets, human rights violations, actions by international officials and athletes not to come should be a sign to the IOC that all is not going so smoothly.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:23pm
  29. I could care less about the Olympics..

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:40pm
  30. He’s a fool & in president rasputin pockets bribery is such a good start to allow Russia to keep the Olympics games, guess he can sleep well knowing that his bank account is getting bigger thanks to rasputin

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:41pm
  31. Uhm…yeah…it will

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:44pm
  32. oh i have an idea dont got to sochi who wants to go there anyway

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:51pm
  33. Yeah tell me another lie.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:53pm
  34. say what?

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:56pm
  35. Shocker. Won’t be Watching!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:03pm
  36. Oh, bollocks! It certainly will detract, particularly since I will not be watching, nor will I purchase from any company that advertises during the Olympics. I am thoroughly disgusted by this. I did not watch the China Olympic games, either, and am seriously considering just writing the whole thing.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:04pm
  37. They underestimate strongly the will of the GLBT community and its allies – F$%# Sochi – I am with Sue – not one fraeking minute of Sochi will I be watching.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:06pm
  38. The fact that he refuses to address the anti-gay laws of Russia makes him just as homophobic as Putin. IDIOT.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:11pm
  39. He’s A Fool: What Liar and
    Con Artist. Stop Conning
    Everyone All The Time.

    This Man: Is A Crook and
    Con Artist Plain and Simple.

    The Truth Always Surfaces
    Despite All The Hiding Within
    There Offices and Homes.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:15pm
  40. Any place which puts on hateful laws affects the athletes, the IOC is worthless, they should have held the games elsewhere.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:18pm
  41. Putin is A Liar and A Fraud:
    That Refuses to Address The
    Economic Implications of
    Anti-Gay Prejudices and
    Homophobic Hatred Laws.

    This Sort Of Non-Sense Is
    Based On Feebleminded
    Mean-Spirited Behavior.

    I Wish This IDIOT: Dead.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:20pm
  42. The IOC is an epic failure.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:30pm
  43. Did they learn nothing from the 1933 Olympics?

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:32pm
  44. Surrender to terrorists…hmm. Well, he’s already bent over and let Vlad and friends rape his hideous cottage cheese ass, so…

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:43pm
  45. sorry he naturally supports Putin if I understood what means people suffer in Russia

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:45pm
  46. This guy and the entire committe have missed the entire point of all the ire!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:47pm
  47. Time to but backward Russia in it place!! We should have nuked them in the 80s

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:04pm
  48. Thats what you think sir.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:05pm
  49. PUTIN IS A TYRANT!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:05pm
  50. IOC….have you finally learned???? do not allow China no Russia sponsor Olympics again?????

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:09pm
  51. Really? Think what yu want but reality will out!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:10pm
  52. Join a new project, be human 2014. http://www.facebook.com/behuman2014

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:43pm
  53. I understand the IOC was meant to be outside of politics.and agree. But this time the IOC has put people in danger.never before has a group of people had to fear for the safety of not only athletes but spectators. So I ask the IOC to look at the laws of a country who wishes to host the Olympic. Ask one question…are all people safe? If the answer is no…no Olympics. As for these Olympics…I will not watch.or buy sponsored goods. But this is my way. I am not asking anyone else to do this.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:54pm
  54. Really? Seems like it already has to me. No one I know will be watching.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6:02pm
  55. HE’S SO WRONG !!!! the Boycott is working :-)

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6:14pm
  56. Violence and hate homophobia is unacceptable state sponsored repressive regime is against human dignity we should cancel the games!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6:39pm
  57. They have already surrendered to the terrorists by having the Olympics in Sochi.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6:48pm
  58. Another EFFING idiot! I just pray that nothing happens to any of the athletes while in Sochi.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 7:00pm
  59. I prefer watching the GAY GAMES in Toledo, Ohio.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 7:11pm