A Russian pole vaulter was surrounded in controversy when she backed her country's anti-gay laws in the last week. However, according to Sports Illustrated on Aug. 16, Yelena Isinbayeva has backtracked on her support and said she was misunderstood.
How the pole vaulter was misunderstood is puzzling.
According to the New York Times, Isinbayeva said that she urged all athletes to respect Russia's views on sexuality and said she supported the law. At a news conference, the Russian pole vaulter said at a press conference that it us not respectful to Russia and to the citizens. She said that they have their laws and everyone has to respect it.
She also said traditional sexual relationships are what Russians believe in because it "comes from history."
After her comments were scrutinized around the world, she blamed her fractured English for the statements and that she actually opposes discrimination against gays. This also falls in line with what President Putin said when he claimed the laws were to protect children from subversive behavior and not to discriminate against homosexuals.
The Russian pole vaulter said she just meant that people should respect the laws of other countries when they are guests there.