Russia has been hosting the world track and field championships over the last week or so and the protests against Russia’s horrible anti-gay laws have already begun. You’ve probably seen by now that two Russian sprinters kissed on the medal stand. And a Swedish high jumper painted her nails in rainbow colors to show her support of equality. Unfortunately, the International Amateur Athletic Federation forced her to repaint them:
Swedish high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro has repainted her nails after being warned by the IAAF that the rainbow colours she sported in qualification in support of gay rights were a breach of regulations…
Anders Albertsson, general secretary of the Swedish athletics federation, said before Saturday’s high jump final that they had talked with track and field’s governing body, the IAAF, over the issue and Green-Tregaro had revarnished her nails.
“We have been informally approached by the IAAF saying that this is by definition, a breach of the regulations. We have informed our athletes about this,” Albertsson said.
“The code of conduct clearly states the rules do not allow any commercial or political statements during the competition.”
So what if she just likes multi-colored nails? This is absurd. And cowardly.