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Russian athlete defends anti-gay laws

by | 17th, August 2013

Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva competes in the women's pole vault final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

RUSSIA’S anti-gay laws are, clearly, bloody  preposterous . Quite why Putin & Co would be so worried about who-fancies-who is beyond any logic or reason. Making the whole thing weirder and worse is that small matter of the Sochi Winter Olympics, a tournament steeped in corporate bon homie and a woolly notion of oneness and togetherness.

It isn’t just about running or throwing things further than everyone else, apparently. The Olympics has gone from athletes showing off to some kind of peace event where everyone is treated equally and colour, creed and everything else, melts into one harmonious pot of congratulatory gooeyness.

And of course, when an Olympics works, you can totally fall right into it and the positive feeling can last for months.

However, Russia’s ideas about gays are at odds with everything the sporting event stands for and now, the Russians athletes are towing the party line, either through choice or fear.

Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva has defended her country’s anti-gay law and slated athletes for showing solidarity for homosexuals.

She said:

“If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people. We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys. Everything must be fine. It comes from history. We never had any problems, these problems in Russia, and we don’t want to have any in the future.”

She obviously doesn’t know about Tchaikovsky, one of

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