Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva is now saying that she did not mean to condemn gays with her comments from the world championships this week.
"English is not my first language and I think I may have been misunderstood when I spoke yesterday," Isinbayeva said in a statement issued through meet organizers on Friday.
"What I wanted to say was that people should respect the laws of other countries particularly when they are guests," the statement read. "I respect the views of my fellow athletes and let me state in the strongest terms that I am opposed to any discrimination against gay people."
The athlete's clarification came a day after she criticized fellow competitors for painting their fingernails in rainbow colors to show support for gay rights.