News

Putin vows equal conditions at Sochi Olympics

Putin vows equal conditions at Sochi Olympics

2014 OLYMPICS: Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with officials involved in preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in the the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. Putin met with organisers of the Sochi Winter Olympics with just over two months until the start of the winter games. Photo: Associated Press/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says Russia’s top responsibility as host of the Winter Olympics is to ensure equal conditions for all the athletes.

The law signed this year banning the distribution of so-called propaganda to minors about non-traditional sexual relationships has raised wide concern about whether gay athletes and spectators would face discrimination at the Olympics, being held Feb. 7-23 in Sochi.

The Russian leader told his annual marathon news conference on Thursday that “the main thing for us is the good organization of these competitions, the creation of equal terms for all athletes.”

The comment came two days after President Barack Obama announced that two openly gay athletes would be part of the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies in Sochi.

News from ClarksvilleNow.com

I-24 Sinkhole 015

yesterday in News

No lane closures on TN highways during Thanksgiving holiday

Thanksgiving travelers will not be slowed by construction on Tennessee roads.

doctor-and-patient

yesterday in News

Dept. of Health: HIV, AIDS impact too many in TN

World AIDS Day is Dec. 1.

patrols

yesterday in Crime, News

Saturation patrols result in 274 charges

205 vehicles were stopped during the patrols in Clarksville.

soldiers reuters

yesterday in Military, News

Obama widens post-2014 combat role for forces in Afghanistan

Obama has approved plans to give U.S. military commanders a wider role to fight the Taliban alongside Afghan forces.

police-tactical-unit

yesterday in Crime, News

CPD’s Tactical Unit responds to false report from caller

A reward is offered for information leading to arrest of caller who made false report.