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IOC calls on Russia to explain its anti-gay law

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Reuters
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August 9, 2013
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(Reuters) - Russia must explain how it will implement its controversial anti-gay propaganda law and detail its impact on next year's Sochi Winter Games, Olympic president Jacques Rogge said on Friday.

The International Olympic Committee want clarification of how the law will be applied, despite having received assurances from Games organisers, Rogge said.

Russia, hosts of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, passed the law in June.

The ban has led some to call for a boycott of the Sochi Games. U.S. President Barack Obama has voiced his concern while Puerto Rican IOC presidential candidate Richard Carrion has spoken strongly against the legislation.