NBC on Saturday said that its decision to edit anti-discrimination remarks made by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach during the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games was due to time constraints.

The sports website Deadspin.com headlined the story: NBC Edited Out IOC Anti-Discrimination Statement From Opening Ceremony.

In the excluded passage, Bach touched on Russia's controversial anti-gay law: “It is possible, even as competitors, to live together under one roof in harmony, with tolerance and without any form of discrimination for whatever reason.”

However, Bach made his point more than once, and NBC did air those remarks.

“The IOC's president was edited for time, as were other speeches, but his message got across very clearly to viewers,” an NBC spokesperson told Deadline.com.