"We make this clear. This law recently passed does not prohibit homosexuality directly or indirectly. It does not contradict elements of the Olympic Charter. It will not stop 2014 proudly upholding the Olympic values.
"The law will have no impact for any guest visitor. Whether athletes or just fans or members of Olympic family, everybody is welcome to enjoy the fantastic Games...
"It's very important to have your support to stop this campaign and this speculation regarding this issue."
- Dmitry Chernyshenko, chief organizer of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, speaking yesterday to the general assembly of the International Olympic Committee. IOC marketing chairman Gerhard Heiberg told Chernyshenko, "Especially the American sponsors are afraid what could happen" with the outrage over Russia's anti-LGBT crackdown. "This could ruin a lot for all of us."