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IOC’s Carrion calls for diplomacy on anti-gay law

August 2, 2013

LONDON (AP) — IOC presidential candidate Richard Carrion says the Olympic body should use “all the avenues possible” with Russian officials to ensure that athletes competing at next year’s Winter Games in Sochi aren’t affected by a new anti-gay law.

Carrion says in a statement Friday he is confident that discussions with Russian authorities will “help clarify the extent of the law and will ensure that our athletes will be protected.”

He also says it should be a condition in the future that any city seeking to host the Olympics should not have any laws that discriminate against people.

Russia’s sports minister said Thursday the country will enforce the new law when it hosts the Olympics in February. The statement appeared to contradict assurances to the contrary from the IOC.

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