President Barack Obama on Friday said that he's opposed to a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi over a recently approved anti-gay law in Russia.

Obama made his remarks during a wide-ranging press conference.

“I do not think it's appropriate to boycott the Olympics,” Obama said. “We've got a bunch of Americans out there who are training hard, who are doing everything they can to succeed. Nobody is more offended than me by some of the anti-gay and -lesbian legislation that you've been seeing in Russia. But as I said just this week, I've spoken out against that not just with respect to Russia but a number of other countries where we continue to do work with them but we have a strong disagreement on this issue.”

“And one of the things I'm really looking forward to is maybe some gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold, or silver, or bronze. Which I think would go a long way in rejecting the kind of attitudes we're seeing there. And if Russia doesn't have gay or lesbian athletes, then probably make their team weaker.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Russia's “gay propaganda” law, which prohibits the public promotion of gay rights, has sparked worldwide condemnation, including calls to boycott next year's Sochi Games.

(Related: Russian diplomat Vitaly Churkin: “We don't have anti-gay laws.”)