In the wake of the
"Sport can change the world, but it cannot change the world alone," IOC President Thomas Bach said after signing the accord in New York with
Leading up to and during the Sochi Games, Russia's government came under fire because of the country's newly adopted anti-gay law. There were calls for the IOC to add sexual orientation to the non-discrimination policy in its charter. Olympic officials have so far declined to take that step.
After Monday's announcement, which was short on details, Bach mentioned "social, racial, political background" but not gay rights specifically. The IOC leader seemed to refer to the turmoil in Ukraine in calling for peaceful political dialogue.