Yelena Isinbayeva slammed for 'anti-gay' comments

The Russian authorities have said all athletes will be free and safe to compete at the February Games in the Black Sea resort regardless of their sexual orientation but must obey Russian law.

updated: August 16, 2013 13:03 IST
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Moscow: Russian pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva faced outrage Friday from activists and fellow athletics legends after backing Russia's controversial new anti-gay law and saying competitors at the Sochi Winter Olympics should respect it.

The 31-year-old kicked up a storm on Thursday when she said in Moscow she supported the law signed by President Vladimir Putin in June which punishes the dissemination of information about homosexuality to minors. Activists say it can be used for a broad crackdown against gays.

"We just live with boys with women, women with boys," Isinbayeva said at a press conference ahead of the medals ceremony for the pole vault which saw her win her third world outdoor title.

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