Stephen Fry says athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi should create a "symbol" during the Games to show support for gay people in Russia. David Cameron said he believes it would be better to "challenge prejudice" rather than boycott the event.
Broadcaster Stephen Fry suggested athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi should create a crossed-arm "symbol" during the Games to show support for gay people in Russia.
"All athletes in the games should find a symbol - during their performance or at the end of it, and certainly on the medial podium - to show they are thinking of the gay people of Russia," Fry told BBC News at an LGBT rally in central London.
He suggested athletes could adpot a "simple" symbol of crossing their arms while holding their shoulders.
"It would just take some of the sweetness of victory out of Vladmir Putin's mouth," said Fry.
The president of the International Olympic Committee has said he is waiting for clarification from the Russian government on the anti-gay law that is overshadowing preparations for the Winter Games in Sochi.
"We are waiting for the clarifications before having the final judgement," Jacques Rogge told reporters.
"The Olympic charter is clear," Rogge said. "A sport is a human right and it should be available to all, regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation."
A petition calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to relocate the 2014 Winter Games away from Russia has garnered almost 130,000 signatures.
Petitioners want the Games to be taken away from Sochi because of laws in Russia which they say discriminate against LGBT people. They suggest relocating to Vancouver in Canada, which hosted the Games in 2010.