New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup plans on competing as an openly gay athlete at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and has said he will wear a rainbow pin on his uniform.
That would put him in defiance of Russian legislation that outlaws public displays of support for gay rights. But Skjellerup will have the backing of his own government.
New Zealand officials say they will appoint a member of their Moscow embassy to ensure that Kiwi athletes and fans are not targeted by the controversial anti-gay laws.
"The embassy is continuing to monitor the human rights situation in Russia and is working closely with like-minded missions on this," Louisa Wall, a lesbian member of parliament, told insidethegames.biz.