Isinbayeva under fire
The International Olympic Committee was on Friday morning facing calls to remove pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva from her ambassadorial role after she spoke out in support of Russia's controversial laws on homosexuality.
The 31-year-old criticised high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro for making a statement against Russia's new law, which makes it illegal to give under-18s information about homosexuality.
Her comments have attracted widespread criticism from athletes, including British heptathlete Louise Hazel, who called for the Russian to be removed from her position as an ambassador for the Youth Olympics.
"They (the IOC) should definitely be revising her position as an ambassador," Hazel, who won gold at the 2011 Commonwealth Games, told BBC Sport. "That just seems ridiculous to me.
"I think it should be their first point of call after the [World] Championships are over."
Isinbayeva, who is the face of the Championships in Russia and won pole vault gold, spoke out after athletes including Green-Tregaro made statements and gestures - including painting their nails in rainbow colours - opposing the Russian law.
"It's disrespectful to our country, disrespectful to our citizens because we are Russians," Isinbayeva, speaking in English, told a news conference.
"Maybe we are different than European people and people from different lands.
"We have our law which everyone has to respect. When we go to different countries, we try to follow their rules.
"We are not trying to set our rules over there. We are just trying to be respectful.
"We consider ourselves, like normal, standard people, we just live boys with women, girls with boys... it comes from the history."
Hazel added: "Essentially she's being outwardly homophobic. It's the 21st century."
US runner Nick Symmonds became the first international athlete to stand against the laws, dedicating his world 800 metres silver medal to his gay and lesbian friends.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "It blows my mind that such a young, well-travelled, well-educated woman would be so behind the times.
"She said 'normal, standard people' in Russia? Guess what - a lot of these people with Russian citizenship are normal, standard homosexuals. They deserve rights too.
"In the athletics world this is a very divisive subject. Even in my home country of the United States it's divisive.
"But most athletes I've seen, especially the ones from my generation, it's not an issue.
"Everyone is equal and homosexuals were created in God's image - they deserve to be treated with equality.
"I wanted to compete wearing a rainbow sticker, but I was told I would be arrested if I did that. There are some serious injustices here that need to be pointed out."
The new Russian law has been widely condemned, including by United States president Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron, and has led to calls for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.