Openly gay actor George Takei said Friday that he does not support a boycott of the Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi over Russia's anti-gay law.

The law, approved in June, prohibits the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors, effectively prohibiting Gay Pride marches and similar public demonstrations of support. The law's passage provoked worldwide condemnation and calls for a boycott of the Sochi Olympics.

Speaking at The National Press Club, Takei reiterated that he would like to see the Winter Olympics moved out of Russia.

“No, I don't believe in a boycott, because the athletes that participate in the Olympics have been training for years now and they're reaching their peak and they should not be penalized. The homophobic laws in Russia, that was passed recently. You know when they made the presentation to the IOC, the International Olympic Committee, to have the right to present the Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia they pledged to honor the Olympic code, which says no discrimination. They breached that pledge. Russia needs to be punished, but it's too late to pull out of Sochi now.”

“The International Olympic Committee is spineless,” he added. “They need to have some backbone, because they are charged with upholding the Olympic creed, and something should be done with the membership of the IOC.”

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