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Re “The Sixth Ring” [Feb. 10]: The Winter Olympics in Sochi should be seen as a platform where athletes from widely divergent nations could come and compete with one another irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. It should be seen as an oasis of religious tolerance, cross-cultural understanding and harmonious coexistence among peoples united by respect and teamwork. Russia must embrace the 21st century with a democratic, inclusive and rainbow outlook.
Munjed Farid al-Qutob,
Russia deserves commendation for the measures its government is putting in place to ensure the success of the Sochi Games and the safety of Olympic athletes and visitors, not the snide reporting of preparations TIME has given so far.