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Russian deputy PM causes new controversy as games begin
NBC News: As events get under way at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia’s deputy prime minister has said gay Olympians and fans have nothing to worry about but then added “Please do not touch kids. That’s the only thing,” In a move set to draw further anger from the international community.
Photo: Russia Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak signs the Olympic truce wall at a ceremony in the Coastal Cluster Olympic Village at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Sochi, Russia (David Goldman/AP)
Putin: Gays welcome in Sochi, must ‘leave the children in peace’
AP: Russian President Vladimir Putin told volunteers Friday that gays visiting Sochi for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games “can feel calm and at ease,” but said they must “leave the children in peace.”
Putin vowed there would be no discrimination at the games. He emphasized that, according to a law banning homosexual “propaganda” among minors, gays cannot express their views on gay rights issues to anyone underage.
JUST IN: The International Olympic Committee has voted to reinstate wrestling in the 2020 Olympics, after it was axed from the core list in February, AP’s Steve Wilson reports on Twitter. Wrestling was vying with squash and baseball/softball for a spot on the 2020 program.
Sarah Attar becomes 1st Saudi female track Olympian
Al Arabiya: Sarah Attar has become the 1st female track and field athlete to represent Saudi Arabia at the Olympics. She finished last at the women’s 800 meter race, but received a standing ovation from the audience.
The 3rd qualifying round of individual equestrian jumping, along with the team jumping final took place at Greenwich Park during the London Olympics today. View the individual rankings at London2012, and read about the team medal recipients at Reuters.
Photo: Penelope Leprevost of France rides ‘Mylord Carthago’ during the equestrian jumping competition in Greenwich Park at the London Olympics on Aug. 6. (Jim Hollander / EPA)