Just days after Thomas Bach, the head of International Olympic Committee (IOC), said Olympic athletes would be permitted to make political statements in press conferences at Sochi, Dmitry Chernyshenko issued a conflicting statement.
Chernyshenko, head of the organizing committee for the Sochi Games, said political views should be kept both off the podium and away from press conferences:
[Bach] might have mentioned that there is a Rule 50 in the Olympic Charter which limits the expression of any propaganda during the Games. I don’t think they [athletes] are allowed by the Charter to express those views that are not related to the sport at the press conference room (Inside the Games).
Don’t assume Chernyshenko is entirely unreasonable, though. He went on say that athletes are more than welcome to spout all the political statements they so choose in the sanctioned protest-zone of Khosta. For those unaware, the city of Khosta is a convenient 11 miles from the Olympic Stadium! How gracious of the Sochi organizers.
[Source: Inside the Games]