Russian President Vladmir Putin says everyone will be welcomed to next year's Winter Olympics in
Putin made his latest assurances on the matter on Monday as he welcomed International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and other sports officials to his summer residence in Sochi -- the Black Sea resort town where the Games will happen in February -- state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported.
"We are doing everything, both the organizers and our athletes and fans, so that participants and guests feel comfortable in
Putin in June signed a law that prohibits in
The law sparked global outrage and a wave of protests demanding a boycott of the Games. In September, pop singer
Putin also said in an interview on state television in September that gay people would not be discriminated against at the Sochi Games. But that appeared at odds with statements made by government officials that the anti-gay propaganda law would be enforced.
The IOC in August said it received assurances "from the highest level of government in
In August, U.S. President Barack Obama rejected calls for his country to boycott the Games, saying such a move would hurt American athletes who trained and sacrificed to qualify.