“I myself know some people who are gay. We’re on friendly terms. I’m not prejudiced in any way. If you want my personal attitude, I would tell you that I don’t care about a person’s sexual orientation. I’ve honoured several members of the gay community in this country but for their personal achievements, regardless of their sexual orientation. There’s no danger for individuals of this non-traditional sexual orientation who are planning to come to the games as visitors or participants.” – Vladimir Putin, speaking yesterday to BBC One.