The new president of the International Olympic Committee says he has received assurances from senior Russian officials and games organizers that an ongoing controversy over the country's treatment of gays will not affect athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Russia has come under international criticism from human rights and gay groups after passing legislation outlawing "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors."
Thomas Bach said Sunday that he again raised the issue with Sochi organizers while attending the Olympic flame lighting ceremony at Ancient Olympia in southern Greece.
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