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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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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.

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Olympic chief slams world leaders for using Sochi games as ‘political’ platform

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
David Goldman, APRussian President Vladimir Putin, right, greets International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach at an event welcoming IOC members ahead of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics at the Rus Hotel, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
SOCHI, Russia -- International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach accused world leaders Tuesday of using the Sochi Olympics as a political platform "on the backs of the athletes," and of snubbing the games without even being invited.

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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.
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.

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Sochi organizers back-track on free speech rights of athletes

Thursday, January 30, 2014
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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.

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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.
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."

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Russian activists urge IOC president to take stronger position on anti-gay laws

Saturday, November 30, 2013
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PARIS -- IOC President Thomas Bach met with Russian gay rights activists who urged an investigation before the Sochi Olympics into national laws banning "gay propaganda."

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Olympic Committee president confident gays will be treated equally in Russia

Thursday, October 31, 2013
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.
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."

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

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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.
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.

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

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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.
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.

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