Moscow - Russian World Athletics Championships gold medallist Ksenia Ryzhova said kissing Yulia Gushchina on the podium was not in protest of Russia’s new law against gay “propaganda.”
Ryzhova and Gushchina are members of Russia’s victorious 4x400 women’s relay team that kissed on the podium after receiving gold medals in Moscow.
Various activists described the kiss as defiance against President Vladimir Putin, whose controversial law has somewhat overshadowed the championships.
However, Ryzhova reacted by saying she felt insulted by activists’ reactions.
“This insults not just us but our trainers,” she said.
“It was a storm of emotions (after winning). And if at that moment we touched lips...I don’t know in whose fantasy this all gets thought up.”
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