Athletes row over anti-gay law

The Russian pole vault world champion Yelena Isinbayeva has condemned Swedish athletes for being "disrespectful" by protesting against Russia's controversial new law banning the promotion of homosexuality by painting their nails in rainbow colours.

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IOC urged to strip Isinbayeva of ambassador role

The International Olympic Committee is facing calls to remove pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva from her ambassadorial role after she spoke out in support of Russia's controversial laws on homosexuality.

Her comments have attracted widespread criticism from athletes, including British heptathlete Louise Hazel, who said the Russian's position as ambassador for the Youth Olympics was now "ridiculous".

Louise Hazel competed in the heptathlon at London 2012. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

"They (the IOC) should definitely be revising her position as an ambassador," Hazel, who won gold at the 2011 Commonwealth Games, told BBC Sport. "That just seems ridiculous to me.

"I think it should be their first point of call after the [World] Championships are over."

Isinbayeva criticised two Swedish athletes for making statements against Russia's new law, which makes it illegal to give under-18s information about homosexuality.

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