Gay rights group sends petition to IOC

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Lausanne, Switzerland – More than 100,000 members of an international gay rights group have sent messages to the IOC urging changes to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books.

The group All Out reiterated its call on the International Olympic Committee to overhaul its selection process, citing the controversy that surrounded the Winter Games in Sochi over Russia’s law prohibiting so-called gay “propaganda.”

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Newly elected IOC president gets call from Putin

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Buenos Aires, Argentina – Within minutes of being elected to the top job in the Olympics, Thomas Bach got a phone call from a powerful leader he’ll work with closely in the next few months: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer, was elected Sept. 10 as president of the International Olympic Committee. He succeeds Jacques Rogge, who stepped down after 12 years.

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