The recent IAAF track championships have seen their fair share of memorable moments. However, in the current global climate, none could be more symbolic, or so say some, than the kiss shared between two female athletes on the medal stand of the 4x400m relay…
After edging out American and British teams for the gold medal and finding themselves on the winners podium of one of the biggest athletics events of the year, Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firov did something that is seen by many in the home country as controversial.
The kiss is said to have been in protest of recent anti-gay propaganda laws in athlete’s home country of Russia. However, Russian authorities have been quick to say that the kiss was merely celebratory and that the controversy is a fiction of western media.
My personal view… these women either followed in a long line athletes, like Tommie Smith and John Carlos in the 1968 Olympic Games, who used the podium as a vehicle for change, or they were simply and understandable ecstatic at their achievement. Either way two good looking woman sharing a kiss… well let’s just say I am not complaining, GUTS for sure!