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Russia: Gay Athletes 'The Business Of The Country That Sends Them' To Olympics

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"When it comes to the Olympics and athletic performance, we don't make distinctions on the basis of sexual orientation," Obama said at a year-end press conference. 

"Who the members of the delegation are, is the business of the country that sends them [to the Olympics]," Alexander Zhukov, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee, told NBC News when asked about Obama's remarks.

Russia has been criticized in the international community for its anti-gay propaganda laws, which prompted a number of world leaders and rights groups to call for a boycott. German President Joachim Gauck is among those who said they would skip the games to protest human rights violations.

"The Americans or the Germans include people who they think are necessary [for their delegations]," Zukov told NBC News. "I guess this is how they see the faces of their country."