Russia's women athletes kiss on World Championship podium Staff

8/19/2013 3:10:42 PM

Some of Russia's own athletes appeared to make a statement of their own against their nation's anti-gay propaganda law.

After winning gold in the 4 x 400-metre relay race at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow on Saturday, Russians Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova kissed each other on the lips after accepting their medals on the podium.

Shortly afterwards, teammates Yulia Gushchina and Antonina Krivoshapka got involved as all four women kissed one another in celebration before joining hands and bowing to the stadium crowd.

Vladimir Putin's government has been under attack for its law that bans public displays advocating gay rights. With the Sochi Olympics scheduled for February, there has been talk of protests and possible boycotts surrounding the Winter Games.

The World Championships, which wrapped up on Sunday, have already drawn several protests. Two Swedish athletes painted their fingernails in rainbow colours last week, while American 800m silver medalist Nick Symmonds also criticized the law.

The International Olympic Committee has asked Russia for clarification on how the law will be applied to the Sochi Games.