— Emma Green Tregaro (@GreenTregaro) August 15, 2013
A short summary of a twitter conversation which has started right after the homophobic comments made by Olympic pole vault champion and IOC’s official ambassador for the Youth Olympic Games 2010, Yelena Isinbayeva, in Moscow.
Isinbayeva will be Mayor of the Athlete’s Village at the Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi, Russia, in a country with a new anti-gay-law.
I’m incredibly disappointed in Isinbayeva and her archaic stance on gay rights in Russia. Shows how backwards some people are — Greg Rutherford (@GregJRutherford) August 15, 2013
Of course one has to accept a freedom of opinion for Isinbayeva. What did she say?
Read, for example, Mike Rowbottom at Inside the Games:
“We consider ourselves as standard people – women live with boys, boys live with women.”
“Of course, I don’t support this boycott and I’m also against this polemic,” she said.
“I feel sorry that they try to involve the athletes into this problem.”
“Everyone can participate, everyone can compete, but of course, we are against promoting such a relationship in the street.
“It won’t be respectful to our citizen.
“We are against the publicity not against the choice of every single person.
“I support our Government.”
This is her opinion, probably. Read other opinions – and facts.
Correction, August 16th, 10.58:
I am sorry, I missed a question mark at the end of this tweet. Did I?
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