Yelena Isinbayeva claims 'misunderstood' over anti-gay remarks

The controversial law was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in June and punishes the dissemination of information about homosexuality to minors but which activists say can be used for a broad crackdown against gays.

updated: August 16, 2013 16:00 IST
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Moscow: Russian pole vault legend Yelena Isinbayeva attempted Friday to play down the furore provoked by her anti-gay remarks, saying she was "misunderstood" and was opposed to any discrimination against homosexuals.

Isinbayeva provoked outrage at the Moscow World Athletics Championships when she fired off an emotional rant in support of Russia's controversial anti-gay law and declared that in Russia "we just live with boys with women, women with boys."

With her reputation as one of the world's most popular athletes at stake, the 31-year-old issued a statement saying she was "opposed to any discrimination against gay people on the grounds of their sexuality."

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