The Sochi Olympics will take place in accordance with the Olympic Charter without any discrimination, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
"We expect over 6,000 athletes from 85 countries and thousands of fans. We are doing everything to make it a big sporting event not only for citizens of our country, but also for all sports lovers all over the world," Putin said while reviewing credentials of the ambassadors of foreign countries in the Kremlin.
For the first time in the history of the Olympic Movement, participants in the Olympics will be able to come to Russia without visas, using only their accreditation, Putin said. He recalled that special "Olympic windows" have been opened in Russian missions abroad to consider such requests as a matter of priority.
"The Olympics will take place in full accordance with the Olympic Charter, without any discrimination," Putin said.
All principles of Olympism, particularly those banning discrimination of people on any grounds, will be observed during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. Read more>>>