Obama: ‘Not appropriate to boycott the Olympics’

NBC logo for the Sochi OlympicsBY CHRIS JOHNSON
Washington Blade

President Obama said during a news conference on Friday he categorically opposes a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia over the country’s anti-propaganda law.

“I want to just make very clear right now, I do not think it’s appropriate to boycott the Olympics,” Obama said. “We’ve got a bunch of Americans out there who are training hard, who are doing everything they can to succeed.”

In the lieu of a boycott, Obama suggested a better way to protest the Russian law — which criminalizes making pro-LGBT statements to minors — is gay athletes winning medals at the Sochi games.

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