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Swedish athlete at Moscow Athletics Championship advised to change her rainbow painted nails

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  1. So her nails are now red, *blood* red? – I hope people will find new inventive ways to protest.

    1. A teardrop under the left eye in blue or purple eye-pencil seems appropriate.

    2. And tomorrow they may be orange, the day after yellow, then …

  2. Paula Thomas 17 Aug 2013, 4:49pm

    Well now we know who’s side the IAAF is on!!!

    1. Bill Cameron 17 Aug 2013, 8:28pm


  3. Dr. Damn Right 17 Aug 2013, 4:52pm

    I wish she would have denied the significance of the nail-painting until it was over. Everybody would understand what it’s about but they wouldn’t have a leg to stand on accusing her of anything. Now that she’s admitted it’s a political statement, Russia can bitch to the IOC that’s she’s not following the IOC charter.
    Conveniently ‘forgetting’ the IOC is not following their own charter on human rights not relocating the games immediately after the appearence of this new untermensch legislation in New Orthodox Fascist Russia.

    1. Paula Thomas 17 Aug 2013, 4:54pm

      The IOC’s charter does not apply to these games. They are under IAAF rules.

      1. Dr. Damn Right 17 Aug 2013, 5:00pm

        You’re right. I’m mixing up those games that are now with the Olympics. I don’t know the first thing about sports, but it wouldn’t change my stance on human rights and freedom of expression if I did, though.

  4. Michael Nektarios Inkpin-Leissner 17 Aug 2013, 4:57pm

    isn’t Russia ignoring Human rights? That is very political to me.

  5. This just infuriates me! It’s insane absolutely insane and these sports committees are just feeding the Russian Government. What is wrong with them?

  6. Funny innit, the IAAF finds nail varnish worthy of censure. No mention of the disgracefull homophobic laws though.

    1. Bill Cameron 17 Aug 2013, 8:36pm

      The cynical truth is that Russia supplies a lot of gas and other raw materials to western Europe; however repulsively the Russians behave, no-one is willing to cross them, however many empty platitudes western leaders come out with. It is what is called ‘realpolitik’. The thug-President Putin unfortunately knows this only too well. I feel sick writing this.

    2. Paula Thomas 17 Aug 2013, 9:41pm

      Or for that matter disgraceful homophoboc athletes (yes Yelena that does me you!)

  7. Being gay is neither a commercial, nor a political statement.
    Shame on any person and/or organization that thinks differently.

  8. Staircase2 17 Aug 2013, 6:18pm

    Can someone please explain how the rainbow (representing the rainbow flag) is ‘political’ but coca cola and McDonald’s are not ‘commercial’…?!?

  9. Michaelandfred 17 Aug 2013, 6:48pm

    And the homophobic pole vaulters actual comments were not political? Has she been spoken too? The belief that standing by the principle of fairness in the athletes charter is now wrong?

    Up is down and money rules the day. Why do these organizations have charters and rules if any country large enough to have some clout is exempt?


  10. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Aug 2013, 6:56pm

    Why is the ECHR silent in all this?

    1. I understand that Russia has already been found guilty By the ECtHR for violation of articles 11,13, 14 they have lost the appeal and paid the fine and then doubled down on the violation.

      1. Paula Thomas 17 Aug 2013, 9:48pm

        But decent countries take notice of the court and rectify those violations (as Ireland did on gay rights).

        The only countries that don’t obey the court are barbaric countries.

  11. So what happens if someone has a rainbow tattoo at the Olympic games, will they be arrested for that?

  12. jonnielondon 17 Aug 2013, 7:44pm

    When will the British Olympic Committee condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws, and when will Putin be arrested after landing in a foreign country and whisked off to the ICC for prosecution for crimes against humanity?….oh well, wishful thinking, I guess.

  13. Enrique Esteban 17 Aug 2013, 8:29pm

    Help: prenume=first name; nume=family name; oras=city; tara=country.
    You’ll receive a mail and have to click on 2nd link to confirm.
    Romania is not much different as Russia for gay people.

  14. Shelley Adrienne Mimi Belsky 17 Aug 2013, 9:01pm

    The I.O.C. needs to STOP STALLING FOR TIME!

  15. Wasn’t she just displaying the Olympic Colours ? Or perhaps those of the NBC broadcasting corporation. Is she now singled out ? Victimised ? Isolated on the basis of her nail varnish ? This is an attack on Her human rights. Vicarious thuggery and restraint on her hands – by the IAAF on behalf of the Russians ? The Shame – The Shame –

    It is now time for these sporting bodies to be reigned in and legislated for. The IAAF has failed now to protect the Human rights of the Athletes. This in and of itself is an assault on the Athlete. A Human Rights ( Sporting Events ) Act is required into the future to at a minimum enforce the human rights protections contained within the charters and rule books of sporting organisations when their leadership cowers in circumstances such as this. It is now essential to Legislate for IAAF and the IOC and sporting bodies who have failed the test of Human rights. They had self regulation and they blew it – Legislate Legislate Legislate !

  16. The Minister of Culture and Sports of Finland apparently has been waving the rainbow flag to support Emma Green-Trogaro in Moscow. I wonder if they will arrest him..

  17. Werent they the colours of NBC Broadcasting corporation ? Or perhaps the Olympic colours ? She is clearly now being singled out adn victimised vicariously on behalf of the Russian authorities through the IAAF officials. Shame on them Shame on them. Their duty of care is manifest and obliges they Protect athletes from this form of attack. This is just thuggery in all but name.

    Whether IAAF or IOC, it is clear that self regulation has failed and it is absolutely clear that for the protection of Athletes and the rest, it is time to Legislate for the IAAF and IOC and sporting bodies.

    A Human Rights ( Sporting Events ) Act is urgently required.

    Self regulation has failed, casting events into doubt and disdain and with the anticipation of horrendous regimes enjoying impunity at the expense of the reputations of International Sporting bodies and Athletes. Self regulation is failed. It is time to Legislate.

    1. Apology for posting twice – I thought Id had a glitch and lost the first post so had to re-type it –

    2. Surely the Russians couldn’t object to athletes or spectators displaying the flag of the Jewish Autonomous Region, or painting their nails in its colours.

      As shown on the official website here:

  18. Maybe come the day, painting nails in the rainbow colours should be the gesture of protest by athletes to Putin against the latest Russian anti-LGBTQ laws that Stephen Fry is suggesting…? As to do so would at once very courageously violate both the homophobic and transphobic laws that Russian LGBTQ people are subject to.

    1. You are suggesting that both female AND male athletes paint their finger nails in red orange green blue violet, yes?

  19. I didn’t realise being gay was political!! Says!

    And are they going to imprison nature for making a political statement with her fabulous rainbows?

  20. Rob Whatman 18 Aug 2013, 10:16pm

    So this is what will happen to anyone in Sochi who tries to make a statement. We wont need the Russian authorities to do anything, because the IAAF and the IOC will enforce their laws for them. Meanwhile, Russians who want to make statements of disgust about homosexuality will be given free reign to do so.

  21. Frank boulton 19 Aug 2013, 3:40pm

    The IAAF and the IOC both seem to be using double standards, when they decide what is political and what is not. Human and Rights and crimes against humanity are matters, which are beyond political or commercial interests.

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