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Swedish high jumper Emma Green Tregaro told rainbow nails break IAAF rules

Aug 17, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

Emma Green-Tregaro Getty Images

Swedish high jumper Emma Green Tregaro made headlines Thursday when she competed in high jump qualifying at the World Championships with rainbow-colored nails to support Russia’s gay community.

Green Tregaro showed up for Saturday’s final at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow with a different pattern on her nails — red.

The rainbow pattern Thursday breached IAAF regulations, Swedish athletics general secretary Anders Albertsson said.

“We have been informally approached by the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) saying that this is by definition, a breach of the regulations,” Albertsson told reporters, according to Reuters. “The code of conduct clearly states the rules do not allow any commercial or political statements during the competition.”

source: Getty ImagesRussian pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva criticized Green Tregaro and fellow Swede athlete 200-meter runner Moa Hjelmer for their nails Thursday, saying it was “disrespectful to our country” while standing by Russia’s law banning the “propagandizing of nontraditional sexual relations toward minors.”

Isinbayeva backtracked from her comments Friday.

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  1. Matthew - Aug 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Reblogged this on Carolina Mountain Blue and commented:
    If I were Green-Tregaro, my response would be this: go back to the rainbow-colored nails and challenge both the IAAF and the Russians, daring them to do something. In other words, screw Russia, screw the IAAF and by extension, screw the IOC!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Can they really show her a written rule describing permissible nail polish colors? (Did Gail Devers know about them?) If not, their only beef could be her motives for her color choices. Slipping onto thinner ice there.
      Meanwhile, while many of us hope Ms Isinbayeva can very soon become more educated about issues of gender and orientation, how ironic if one of the kids she says she wants to have informs her a decade+ hence, “da, mama, I am one of those ‘abnormal’ ones you were afraid of.”

      • Matthew - Aug 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        Quoting…”Can they really show her a written rule describing permissible nail polish colors? (Did Gail Devers know about them?) If not, their only beef could be her motives for her color choices. Slipping onto thinner ice there.”
        …and there’s your motive right there for the warning: odds are, the IAAF could give a flip what color one’s nails are but when word of what Green-Tegaro did got back to them (probably through convos’ with Russian athletes and/or authorities), they likely had no choice but to issue to above “cover your ass” warning to her so that if the Russians complain again about it, they can say in return, “well, we warned them, what more do you want?”

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