Sochi Games President Dmitry Chernyshenko on Sunday insisted that a recently approved Russian anti-gay law would not affect next year's Winter Olympics.

Speaking to assembled members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Chernyshenko stated that the law does not run afoul of the Olympic Charter's prohibition against any form of discrimination.

Russia's “gay propaganda” law prohibits the positive portray of gay men and lesbians in a venue where minors might be present, effectively banning Gay Rights marches and similar demonstrations. But it remains unknown where the line is drawn and whether holding hands or wearing an expressive shirt would violate the law.

“The Russian Constitution guarantee equality of rights and freedom and it explicitly prohibits any prejudice against religion, race and sex,” Chernyshenko is quoted as saying by the AFP.

“We make this clear that the recent law does not prohibit homosexuality and does not contradict any element of the Olympic Charter.”

“We are absolutely confident there will be no conflicts in that regard. The law will have no impact on the ability of athletes, fans or a member of the Olympic Family to participate at the Games,” he added.

IOC rules forbid athletes to demonstrate or make political gestures. Officials have reiterated on several occasions that athletes competing in Sochi would be reminded of the rules.