The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.There have been several protests, open letters, and petitions against holding the Winter Games in Russia because of the country’s anti-gay law.
In January, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed the country's anti-gay law was not discriminatory but rather all about the protection of the country's children from "dangerous information about homosexuality and pedophilia." He said homosexuals were welcome in Russia -- as long as they left children alone.
The Russian law, enacted in 2013, bans the distribution of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" to minors. While widely criticized, is is not the case that homosexuality has been made illegal in Russia. This differs from some 70 other countries worldwide.