Swedish athlete told rainbow nails may be breach

June 24th, 2015 10:03 am

First Posted: 8/17/2013

(AP) A Swedish track and field official says Emma Green Tregaro has been told that painting her fingernails in rainbow colors to support gay rights is a potential violation of the world championships' code of conduct.

Anders Albertsson, the general secretary of the Swedish federation, says he doesn't know whether Green Tregaro will repeat the nail-painting gesture for Saturday's high jump final.

The gesture Thursday was a quiet criticism of a Russian law that bans so-called propaganda supporting homosexuality to minors. Russian pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva said it showed disrespect to Russia.

Albertsson says Green Tregaro was told her rainbow fingernails could be a violation of rules that ban political statements.

Associated Press