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IOC gives Sochi thumbs up for Winter Olympics 2014 and dismisses concern over gay propaganda law

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IOC gives Sochi thumbs up for Winter Olympics 2014 and dismisses concern over gay propaganda law

IOC gives Sochi thumbs up for Winter Olympics 2014 and dismisses concern over gay propaganda law
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Sochi will be ready for next year’s Winter Olympics.

That’s the view of the International Olympic Committee after assessing the Russian Black Sea resort.

Its chairman, Jean-Claude Killy, also dismissed concern over Russia’s new law banning the spread of gay propaganda to young people. It has already been the subject of protests.

Killy, responding to questions about the new law, said: “As long as the Olympic Charter is respected, we are satisfied, and this is the case.”

The games are set to take place next February.

Speaking about the facilities, he added: “The fundamental things are in place, there are some details to be sorted out. But in most cases details are exactly what makes the difference, as you know.

“I would like to add that it always looks like this with four months left until the Olympics. And Sochi is in no way too late.

“We have visited all Olympic facilities in the valley and some on the mountains, and our conclusion is quite definite – this is impressive. The hotels, the infrastructure, the train which brought us there – everything is almost ready.

“But I’m saying to our partners: although this is our last visit here and our commission ends its work today there is still pretty much work to do, and every minute, every hour should be fully used for these games to become what we all and you would like to have.”