Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on Thursday told visiting athletes to “relax” about his country's law which prohibits “gay propaganda.”

Reuters reported that Mutko was asked how the legislation would affect athletes competing in this weekend's IAAF championships and next year's winter Olympics to be held in Sochi.

“I want to ask you to calm down as in addition to this law we have a constitution that guarantees all citizens a private life,” Mutko told reporters in Moscow.

“It is not intended to deprive people of any religion, race or sexual orientation but to ban the promotion of non-traditional relations among the young generation.”

Russia's “gay propaganda” law, signed last month by President Vladimir Putin, prohibits the public promotion of gay rights in a venue where minors might be present, effectively outlawing everything from Gay Pride marches to the wearing of a rainbow pin in public.

“All the athletes and organizations should be relaxed, their rights will be protected,” he said.

Mutko, however, made headlines earlier when he said that the law would be enforced at Sochi.

“No one is banning an athlete with a non-traditional sexual orientation from going to Sochi. But if he goes out onto the street and starts to make propaganda, then, of course, he will be brought to responsibility,” he said.

President Barack Obama is among the leaders who have criticized the law.

(Related: Stephen Fry calls for Russian Olympic ban over anti-gay laws.)