Norway Will Not Boycott Sochi Olympics in Russia

Photo : Matthew Tichenor.

On Tuesday, White House announced that any senior politicians from the United States will go to the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. In addition to Obama, French President François Hollande and President of Germany Joachim Gauck decided not to go to the Winter Games as a protest to the country’s law prohibiting propaganda of homosexuality during the Olympics. 

Norway’s fairly new Prime Minister Erna Solberg, however, is willing to make the trip to Russia to attend the winter games. 

– It is not clear yet whether I will be able to go to the Olympics  due to my very busy schedule in that month. But I really want to go because it’s important to support the Norwegian sports achievements, says Solberg to VG. 

Also Erna Solberg said she does not want to send a political signal to the Russian authorities by not traveling. 

– I’m not a fan of involving violent protests by not being there. I do not think it provides a better basis for dialogue with anyone, says Solberg. 

About Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place 6 to 23 February 2014, in Sochi, Russia, with some events held in the resort town of Krasnaya Polyana. 

Sochi was selected as the host city on July 4, 2007, during the 119th I.O.C. Session held in Guatemala City, defeating bids from Salzburg, Austria, and Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Sochi Olympics will be the first Olympics for Russia since the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Preparation for the Games has however met with controversy, primarily concerning the history of the site, the corruption allegations, and environmental pollution and the LGBT law of the country that bans the distribution of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors.

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