Matt Dunham, Associated Press
MOSCOW — IOC President Jacques Rogge says the Olympic body will not take a stand on Russia's anti-gay law until it receives more clarifications from the government on an issue that is overshadowing preparations for the Winter Games in Sochi.
The law, signed by President Vladimir Putin in June, bans "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" and imposes fines on those holding gay pride rallies. It has caused a major international outcry and spawned calls for protests ahead of the Feb. 7-23 Olympics in the Black Sea resort.
Rogge says the Russian government provided written re-assurances about the law on Thursday. But he says some elements are still too unclear to pass judgment.
Rogge said Friday: "We are waiting for the clarifications before having the final judgment on these reassurances."
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