President Barack Obama rejected the idea of the United States boycotting the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year despite several significant disputes with Russia. Obama said the United States was reassessing its relationship with Moscow but that U.S. athletes should not be penalized by the nations’ differences. “I do not think it’s appropriate to boycott the Olympics,” Obama told reporters. “We’ve got a bunch of Americans out there who are training hard, who are doing everything they can to succeed.” Russia’s support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, Moscow’s decision to grant temporary asylum to Edward Snowden and Russia’s new law cracking down on gay rights activism have roiled the already uneasy relationship. – Associated Press
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