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Sep 8, 2013 6:21 PM by Greg Smith

Sochi asks IOC to help stop gay law 'speculation'

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - The head of the Sochi Olympics is asking the IOC to help "stop this campaign and this speculation" about the anti-gay law recently passed in Russia.

Sochi organizing chief Dmitry Chernyshenko says it's important to have the help of the International Olympic Committee to spread the word "among those who are still trying to speculate on this very transparent and very clear topic."

Chernyshenko reiterated the law doesn't prohibit homosexuality in any way and says it "doesn't contradict any element of the Olympic charter." He says local organizers are "absolutely confident that there will be no conflicts in that regards."

IOC President Jacques Rogge said Sunday the IOC "received strong reassurance that this law will not affect the participants" at next year's Winter Games.

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