RoggeJacquesWe have received some oral and written assurances about the fact the Russian Federation will respect the Olympic charter and no negative effect will occur for people attending in or participating in the Games. But one should not forget that we are staging the games in a sovereign state, and the IOC cannot be expected to have an influence on the sovereign affairs of a country.”

 

— Jacques Rogge, president of International Olympic Committee, offering an update on Sochi 2014 with Washington Post

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