Sochi should not be political affair - Czech President Zeman


14.01.2014 13:58

Ostrov - President Milos Zeman will visit the forthcoming Sochi Olympic Games as politics should not be meddled into them and human rights should be settled on the political level, Zeman told secondary school students during his tour of the Karlovy Vary Region today.


Prezident Miloš Zeman (druhý zprava) 14. ledna v rámci své cesty po Karlovarském kraji navštívil Gymnázium v Ostrově nad Ohří. ČTK Pavel Němeček

The Olympics should remain a sports event, Zeman said.

U.S. President Barack Obama, German President Joachim Gauck, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and French President Francois Hollande have said they would not go to the Olympics.

Zeman is to take part in the reception of the heads of state in Sochi hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin along with the Russian minister of sport.

Many people in Russia and abroad consider the Russian law prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality among the youth passed last year an instrument of repression against Russian gays.

Zeman told Czech Radio last December that rather than a boycott, a critical view voiced personally right in the place was better.

"I will go to the Olympics at the invitation of the Czech Olympic Committee and I will also meet former Olympic athletes," said Zeman, adding that the nonsense when the U.S. and later Moscow Olympics were not attended for political reasons should not repeat.

The Olympics in the Black Sea Sochi seaside resort will be held on February 7-23.

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