Georgiy Mamedov, Russia's ambassador to Canada, has reiterated that gay athletes participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will not face discrimination.

Mamedov told reporters during a news conference Friday at the Russian embassy in Ottawa that Western nations “overreacted” to the law as it relates to the Olympics.

“You know what the main story is in Moscow today at this particular time? Elton John's concert,” Mamedov said. “It will be as tough to get tickets there as it to get the hockey finals during the Winter Olympics. So you shouldn't be concerned.”

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The law, approved in June, prohibits the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors, effectively outlawing Gay Pride Parades and other demonstrations of support. Approval of the law provoked worldwide condemnation and calls for boycotts of Russian made imports and international events taking place in Russia, including the upcoming Sochi games, which open in February.

Mamdov said the laws were widely misunderstood, the Toronto Sun reported.

“We gave all assurances on all the levels that people of all stripes will enjoy themselves at the Olympics,” he said.

“I would personally hate to see if someone would want to make a political show out of the Olympics and undercut the abilities of all the young people who spent four years of their life just to be prepared. I want to see fair competition. Nobody will be discriminated [against].”