Winter Olympics: Russia has mountain to climb with `Putin`s Games`

With a race against the clock to complete building works, threats of militant attacks, controversy over anti-gay law, Russia faces an unprecedented challenge to hold a successful Winter Olympics.

IOC says Sochi set for Games, Russian anti-gay law not a barrier

The International Olympic Committee said on Thursday it had assessed that a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" does not violate its charter and the city of Sochi would be ready to host the 2014 Winter Games.