IOC president says gays will be welcomed equally at Sochi Games

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Thomas Bach is confident there will be no discrimination against gay athletes and visitors at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The International Olympic Committee president said he had received assurances from Vladimir Putin that everyone travelling to the February event would be welcomed equally “regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation”.

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The German met with the Russian president on Monday to seek assurances over Russia’s controversial anti-gay law, which has overshadowed the build-up to the Games.

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