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New International Olympic Committee head waffles on Russia’s gay ‘propaganda’ ban


 

Thomas Bach of Germany, the newly elected head of the International Olympic Committee and a past gold medallist in fencing, showed he still has the moves as he bobbed and weaved on the issue of Russia’s ban on gay “propaganda.”

Pressed by the BBC on Russian President Vladimir Putin ’s uncompromising stance on the issue, Bach said the IOC “is not a supranational parliament of government and our responsibility is respect for the Olympic values in the Olympic Games and its participants and, by respecting the values in the Games, sending a message to society at large.”

He did promise the IOC will “devise a strategy that will deal with the issue in more detail and this we will do in the next couple of weeks or months.”


 
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