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Under-fire Isinbayeva says she was misunderstood

Source : REUTERS
Last Updated: Fri, Aug 16, 2013 09:18 hrs
Moscow: Yelena Isinbayeva wins gold

Moscow: Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva said on Friday she is opposed to sexual discrimination, and that her English comments in support of her country's anti-gay propaganda law may have been misconstrued.


"English is not my first language and I think I may have been misunderstood when I spoke yesterday," she said in a statement.

"What I wanted to say was that people should respect the laws of other countries particularly when they are guests.

"But let me make it clear I respect the views of my fellow athletes, and let me state in the strongest terms that I am opposed to any discrimination against gay people on the grounds of their sexuality (which is against the Olympic charter)."

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