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Olympics: Sochi winter games opening ceremony gets underway

Italian premier Letta attending, despite controversy over gays

07 February, 17:42
Olympics: Sochi winter games opening ceremony gets underway (ANSA) - Rome, February 7 - The opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics got underway Friday in the Russian Red Sea resort of Sochi.

Italian Premier Enrico Letta was in attendance despite controversy about Russia's new laws restricting the activities of gay activists, which prompted many international leaders to snub the event.

"At Sochi I will reiterate Italy's opposition to any discriminatory norm against gays, inside or outside sports," Letta said this week. Part of the reason Letta is going is to drum up support for a likely bid by Rome for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

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