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SOC: Sweden won't boycott Olympics

The Swedish Olympic Committee says it will not boycott the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, despite new Russian laws forbidding "gay propaganda".

Swedish campaigners are calling for a boycott to protest against the controversial new law in Russia, but SOC head Stefan Lindberg told Swedish Radio they had faith in an IOC statement saying Olympic athletes and officials will not be affected by the law.

"The IOC has clearly stated that no one will get into any trouble in the Olympics because of their sexual orientation. We have no reason to believe the IOC will not make sure of this", he said.

However, Russia's sports minister has since said that anyone in Russia for the games will also have to obey the law.

Speaking at the opening of Stockholm Pride Wednesday, pop star and activist Alexander Bard called for a boycott of the games, or for Sweden's athletes to take part in the opening ceremony holding a rainbow flag, the symbol of the HBTQ community.

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