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  • Bach Reassured by Russians; Park Congratulates Abe; Coca-Cola Exec Resigning


    Bach on Sunday in Olympia (Getty Images)
    Bach Receives Assurances from Russia, Sochi 2014

    IOC president Thomas Bach has been assured by senior Russian officials and Sochi organizers that the Winter Olympians will not feel the effects of the country’s controversial anti-gay legislation.

    The Washington Post says Bach discussed the issue with Sochi organizers while he was in Olympia, Greece for the flame light ceremony over the weekend.

    “The task of the IOC is the ensure the application of the Olympic Charter at the Olympic Games and for all the participants of Olympics games,” said Bach in Greece. “That means we have to ensure a policy of non-discrimination at all levels, for all athletes and for all other participants.”

    The controversy continues to stem from the Russian law, passed in June, that outlaws the promotion of homosexuality.

    Abe (L) and Park in 2006 (Getty Images)
    Park Congratulates Abe

    The president of South Korea, Geun Hye Park, sent a letter of congratulations to Shinzo Abe, prime minister of Japan, for Tokyo’s successful Olympic bid.

    Japan’s Kyodo News Agency reported the news on Monday. While the exact details of the letter were not disclosed, Japanese and South Korean diplomatic sources confirmed that the letter was related to the Tokyo bid.

    Both countries are engaged in numerous diplomatic impasses at the moment.

    Olympic Marketing Exec Leaving Coca-Cola
    Scott McCune (Coca-Cola)
    Scott McCune, Coca-Cola’s vice president of global partnerships and experiential marketing, will leave the TOP Sponsor on March 1, 2014.

    The news was announced to Coca-Cola staff in an internal memo supplied to Around the Rings. McCune has worked with Coca-Cola for 20 years.

    “Among his many accomplishments, Scott and his teams were responsible for transforming how the company leverages strategic partnerships like the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup into global platforms that drive our business around the world,” the memo read.

    He will leave Coca-Cola to start his own business. Emmanuel Seuge is now overseeing global sports properties.

    Written by Ed Hula III and Nick Devlin.

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