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Over the rainbow: the olympic parallel society

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.

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.