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IOC pressured by All Out, U.S. lawmakers to ban anti-LGBT discrimination

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday came under increased pressure to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination and ensure future host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books. [ Read more → ]

Paralympics chief: No need for human rights assurances from host countries

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- Countries bidding to host the Olympics and Paralympics should not be compelled to provide assurances about human rights standards, according to the head of the International Paralympic Committee. [ Read more → ]
Darron Cummings, APA fan carries a Russian flag while walking in the Olympic Plaza during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Human rights pledge urged for future Olympic host countries

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Citing widespread dismay with Russia's anti-gay laws, a coalition of more than 30 human rights and gay rights groups is calling on the International Olympic Committee to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books. [ Read more → ]
David Goldman, APVladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police after entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Olympic committee defends Monday’s removal of gay rights activist

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday defended the removal of an Italian gay rights activist from a Sochi arena, saying she was “escorted from there peacefully” and not detained. [ Read more → ]
APBan Ki-moon

UN chief to attend Sochi Olympics, give keynote address at IOC assembly

Monday, February 3, 2014
UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will take part in Friday's opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and deliver a keynote address to the International Olympic Committee's general assembly, the first by a U.N. secretary-general, officials said Monday. [ Read more → ]
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.

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

Monday, February 3, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
David J. Phillip, AP

Sochi organizers back-track on free speech rights of athletes

Thursday, January 30, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- A day after the head of the Sochi organizing committee appeared to contradict International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on the rights of Olympic athletes to freely express themselves at news conferences, organizers issued a back-pedaling statement Thursday "to clarify" their position. [ Read more → ]
Dominic Favre, Keystone (AP)Mario Pescante

Senior IOC member criticizes U.S. choice of gay athletes for Sochi delegation

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
ROME -- A senior Italian member of the International Olympic Committee criticized the United States on Wednesday for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation for next month's Sochi Olympics. [ Read more → ]
Christophe Bott, Keystone/APInternational Olympic Committee, IOC, President German Thomas Bach, attends the opening of the executive board's meeting, at the IOC headquarters, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

Olympic Committee President: Russia to set up protest zones in Sochi

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- IOC President Thomas Bach said Russia will set up public protest zones in Sochi during the Winter Olympics, a move unlikely to defuse criticism of the country's human rights record and a recent law banning gay "propaganda." [ Read more → ]

Olympic Committee to remind athletes against protests in Sochi

Monday, December 9, 2013
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The IOC is finalizing a letter to Olympic athletes reminding them to refrain from demonstrations or political gestures during the Winter Games in Sochi, including any protests against Russia's law banning gay "propaganda." [ Read more → ]
Alexander Zemlianichenko, AP (Pool)Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, exit a commuter train at the newly built Adler railway station at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, on Monday.

Olympic Committee president confident gays will be treated equally in Russia

Thursday, October 31, 2013
MOSCOW -- International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach is confident that all athletes and visitors at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will be treated equally regardless of "race, gender or sexual orientation." [ Read more → ]
Mikhail Klimentyev, RIA Novosti/AP (Pool)Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to newly appointed IOC President Thomas Bach, center, during the opening ceremony of a railway station in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi, Monday.

Russian gay activists: IOC chief refused to meet with during Sochi visit

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
MOSCOW -- Russian gay activists say the new president of the International Olympic Committee refused to meet with them while visiting the 2014 Winter Games city of Sochi. [ Read more → ]
Larry Probst

USOC chair would vote to amend Olympic charter to prohibit anti-gay bias

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
PARK CITY, Utah -- America's newest member of the International Olympic Committee would vote to amend the Olympic charter to list sexual orientation as a form of discrimination. [ Read more → ]

IOC ‘fully satisfied’ Russia’s anti-gay law doesn’t violate Olympic charter

Thursday, September 26, 2013
SOCHI, Russia -- The International Olympic Committee has dismissed concerns over Russia's law banning gay propaganda, saying it doesn't violate the Olympic charter's anti-discrimination clause, and pronounced Russia ready to host the 2014 Winter Games. [ Read more → ]
Victor R. Caivano, APThomas Bach, of Germany, speaks after being named the new president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013.

New Olympic Committee leader to be tested quickly by Sochi, Rio

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — New IOC President Thomas Bach will be tested quickly by two troublesome Olympics: the Winter Games less than five months away in the southern Russian resort of Sochi, and the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro — still three years away but setting off alarms. [ Read more → ]

Sochi asks IOC to help stop ‘speculation’ over Russia’s anti-gay law

Monday, September 9, 2013
The head of the Sochi Olympics asked the IOC on Sunday to help "stop this campaign and this speculation" related to the anti-gay law that has been overshadowing preparations for next year's Winter Games in Russia. [ Read more → ]
Yelena Isinbayeva

IOC to reconsider Isinbayeva Olympic ambassador role following anti-gay remarks

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge says the Olympic body will consider whether Russian pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva should be dropped as an Olympic ambassador following her comments about homosexuals. [ Read more → ]
Alexander Zemlianichenko, APRussian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an interview with John Daniszewski, the Associated Press' Senior Managing Editor for International News during an AP interview at Putin's Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.

Putin offers assurances on gay rights at Sochi Olympics

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia -- President Vladimir Putin sought to ease concerns that Russia's new anti-gay law would be used to punish athletes who display rainbow flags during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, while insisting that gays are not discriminated against in his country. [ Read more → ]
APJacques Rogge

Olympic committee president ‘comforted’ Russia will respect IOC Charter

Friday, August 23, 2013
UNITED NATIONS -- International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said Friday he is "comforted" that Russia has agreed to respect the Olympic Charter's ban on any kind of discrimination following its adoption of a law against gay "propaganda" that has sparked an international backlash. [ Read more → ]
Ignat Kozlov, APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, in southern Russia.

Official: Reports that IOC will punish athletes for wearing pride pins are untrue

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
A high ranking official with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told LGBTQ Nation on Wednesday that published reports that the IOC would punish LGBT athletes or allies for acts such as wearing pride pins or holding hands, are “misleading” and “mischaracterized.” [ Read more → ]

Soccer association seeks clarification on Russia’s anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
GENEVA, Switzerland -- The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has asked authorities in 2018 World Cup host Russia for "clarification and more details" about a new anti-gay law, joining the International Olympic Committee in seeking answers from Moscow. [ Read more → ]
Lefteris Pitarakis, APActivists participate at a protest against Russia's new law on gays, in central London, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. Hundreds of protesters called for the Winter 2014 Olympic Games to be taken away from Sochi, Russia, because of Russia's new anti-gay law.

Olympic committee leadership ‘cross’ with Russia over anti-gay law

Monday, August 12, 2013
LONDON -- The Olympic leadership is "cross" with Russia for implementing anti-gay legislation ahead of the Winter Games, a senior IOC official said Monday, insisting that there must be no restrictions on athletes in Sochi next year. [ Read more → ]

Olympic Committee wants more assurances from Russia on anti-gay law

Friday, August 9, 2013
MOSCOW -- The International Olympic Committee is waiting for the Russian government to clarify the anti-gay law that is overshadowing preparations for the Sochi Games. [ Read more → ]
Evan Vucci, AP This June 17, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. It was reported Wednesday Aug. 7. 2013, President Barack Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month — a rare diplomatic snub.The move is retribution for Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, who is accused of leaking highly secretive details about National Security Agency surveillance programs. It also reflects growing U.S. frustration with Russia on several issues, including missile defense and human rights.

IOC official downplays impact of U.S.-Russia tensions on Sochi Games

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
LONDON — The Winter Olympics in Sochi should not be affected by the heightened political tensions between the United States and Russia over Edward Snowden, gay rights and other issues, a vice president of the IOC said Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
Martial Trezzini, Keystone/APNg Ser Miang

IOC using ‘quiet diplomacy’ with Russian leaders to ensure Olympic safety

Monday, August 5, 2013
LONDON — International Olympic Committee presidential candidate Ng Ser Miang says the Olympic body is engaged in "quiet diplomacy" with Russian leaders to make sure next year's Winter Games in Sochi are not affected by the country's new anti-gay legislation. [ Read more → ]
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