Cahow, 28, won't be in Sochi the entire three weeks of the Games, because of her commitment to law school. Putin signs bill targeting journalists and bloggers. White House spokesman Shin Inouye said that the delegation "represents the diversity that is the United States" and that Obama was proud to cheer America's athletes on at the Olympic Games.
Bach had previously spoken of assurances from Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, that gays would not be discriminated against in Sochi.
Doctors say 15 killed in Sudan factory fire. Meanwhile the IOC approved a letter going out to athletes reminding them to refrain from protests or political gestures during the Sochi games, reiterating Rule 50 of the Olympic charter, which forbids demonstrations on Olympic grounds.
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Although Russia has thrown itself into staging the games, preparations have been overshadowed by international criticism of its human rights record and a recent anti-gay propaganda law that critics say discriminates against homosexuals.
Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning "gay propaganda". The Human Rights Campaign, one of the groups that wrote the White House last month asking Obama to include gays and lesbians in the delegation, applauded the unveiling of the delegation Tuesday.
Putin signs bill gay athletes to the delegation that will represent the U journalists and bloggers. Likewise, France has said that neither President Francois Hollande nor any top French official would attend the Sochi games, also without offering an explanation.
In a nod to its disapproval of the law, however, Usoc recently revised its non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation. Earlier this month the IOC president, Thomas Bach, said Russia would set up public protest zones in Sochi for "people who want to express their opinion or want to demonstrate for or against something".
Likewise, France has said that neither President Francois Hollande nor any top French official would attend the Sochi games, also without offering an explanation. But this summer, USA Today quoted the country's sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, as saying in an interview with a Russian state news agency, "An athlete of non-traditional sexual orientation isn't banned from coming to Sochi.
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