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SAN JUAN---Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz has
proposed marriage to his partner after recently
announcing he was gay.
Cruz said Wednesday on Twitter that he has
taken an important step in his life and that he
wants happiness for both of them.
Puerto Rican gay activist Pedro Julio Serrano,
spokesman for the US-based National Gay and
Lesbian Task Force, said he will serve as the
godfather at the couple's wedding.
Cruz announced he was gay in October, becoming
what is believed to be the first pro boxer to come
out as openly homosexual while still competing.
Cruz is a featherweight fighter and is 20-2-1 with
Puerto Rico gay boxer Orlando Cruz to marry
homosexuality at worlds
Hjelmer runs with
painted in the colors
of the rainbow as
she competes in a
heat at the World
stadium in Moscow,
MOSCOW---Pole vault great Yelena Isin-
bayeva condemned homosexuality yes-
terday after criticising fellow competitors
who painted their fingernails in rainbow
colours to support gays and lesbians in
the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia.
The Russian, who won her third world
title Tuesday in front of a boisterous home
crowd, came out in favour of the law which
has drawn sharp criticism and led Western
activists to call for a boycott of next year s
Winter Olympics in the Russian resort of
"If we allow to promote and do all this
stuff on the street, we are very afraid about
our nation because we consider ourselves
like normal, standard people," Isinbayeva,
a two-time Olympic champion, said in
English. "We just live with boys with
woman, woman with boys.
"Everything must be fine. It comes from
history. We never had any problems, these
problems in Russia, and we don t want to
have any in the future."
At least two Swedish athletes competed
yesterday with their fingernails painted in
rainbow colors at Luzhniki Stadium, the
venue that also hosted the 1980 Moscow
Emma Green Tregaro, who won a bronze
medal at the 2005 worlds, posted a picture
of her fingers on the social media site Insta-
gram, saying "Nails painted in the colors
of the rainbow." She followed that with
several hashtags, including "#pride" and
"The first thing that happened when I
came to Moscow and pulled my curtains
aside was that I saw the rainbow and that
felt a little ironic," Green Tregaro said in
a video posted on the Web site of Swedish
newspaper Expressen. "Then I had a sug-
gestion from a friend on Instagram that
maybe I could paint my nails in the colors
of the rainbow and that felt like a simple,
small thing that maybe could trigger some
Swedish sprinter Moa Hjelmer also had
her nails painted in the rainbow colours
when she ran in the 200-metre heats.
"Some teammates have done the same,"
Sweden team spokesman Fredrik Trahn
said. "The federation has not discussed it.
It is all up to the athletes."
The IAAF, the sport s governing body,
said both opinions should be respected.
"The IAAF constitution underlines our
commitment to principle of nondiscrim-
ination in terms of religious, political or
sexual orientation," IAAF spokesman Nick
Davies told The Associated Press. "Allied
to this is our belief in free expression as
a basic human right, which means we must
respect the opinions of both Green Tregaro
Isinbayeva said it was wrong for the
Swedes to make such a statement while
competing in Russia.
"It s unrespectful to our country. It s
unrespectful to our citizens, because we
are Russians. Maybe we are different from
European people and other people from
different lands," Isinbayeva told reporters.
"We have our home and everyone has to
respect (it). When we arrive to different
countries, we try to follow their rules."
Isinbayeva has set 28 world records in
her career and won seven major titles,
including gold medals at the 2004 and
2008 Olympics. She was part of the team
that helped Russia win the right to host
the 2018 World Cup. After winning her
latest world title this week, Isinbayeva said
she plans to take a break from the sport
to have a baby.
Isinbayeva is also slated to serve as
"Mayor" of one of the Olympic villages in
Sochi and is an ambassador for the Youth
Sochi organizing committee spokes-
woman Svetlana Bobrova said the body
had no reason to comment on Isinbayeva s
"We like her and she is the mayor of the
Olympic village," Bobrova told the AP.
It was unclear how many other Swedes
or athletes from different countries made
similar protests since the world champi-
onships started last Saturday. Hjelmer was
eliminated from the heats in the 200, but
Green Tregaro qualified for the final of the
women s high jump and will return to the
A rainbow flag is often used as a symbol
of gay rights and gay pride, an issue that
has gained attention from Western activists
and entertainers since Russia s anti-gay
law was passed in June.
Both the International Olympic Com-
mittee and FIFA have asked the Russian
government for more clarification. It
remains unclear if the new law will be
enforced during the Sochi Olympics or the
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