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Sochi: USOC says politics off-limits

Updated: January 14, 2014, 2:28 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- The United States Olympic Committee will not take an official position on what forms of protest of Russia's anti-gay laws will be acceptable at the Sochi Winter Olympics, chief executive officer Scott Blackmun told ESPN on Monday.

Instead, the organization will defer to the International Olympic Committee, whose charter bans political demonstrations by participants at the Games.

"At the end of the day, the International Olympic Committee is very clear ...

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