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Italian premier Letta attending, despite controversy over gays07 February, 17:42
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.