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Italy’s IOC Rep Mario Pescante Says American Gays Not Needed In Sochi

his Aug. 11, 1936 file photo shows America's Jesse Owens, center, salutes during the presentation of his gold medal for the long jump, after defeating Nazi Germany's Lutz Long, right, during the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Naoto Tajima of Japan, left, placed third. The performance of Jesse Owens will be honored in the stadium where he won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games when the world championships are held in Berlin this month. (AP Photo/File)

his Aug. 11, 1936 file photo shows America’s Jesse Owens, center, salutes during the presentation of his gold medal for the long jump, after defeating Nazi Germany’s Lutz Long, right, during the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Naoto Tajima of Japan, left, placed third. The performance of Jesse Owens will be honored in the stadium where he won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games when the world championships are held in Berlin this month. (AP Photo/File)

 

SAYS the IOC’s Mario Pescante:

“It’s absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have (been established). The games should not be an occasion and a stage to promote rights that sports supports daily.”

The US  delegation includes Billie Jean King, figure skater Brian Boitano and hockey player Caitlin Cahow. 

Pescante wants everyone attending the Games to have only one thought on their mind: win.

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Posted: 16th, January 2014 | In: Sports | Comments (2)