IAAF Calls On Russia To Be Open Toward Gays

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MOSCOW (AP) - The IAAF has called on Russia to reconsider its views on gays, yet says it does not want to raise political issues about the country's new anti-gay legislation at the world track championships.

IAAF deputy general secretary Nick Davies says it would be good for the Russian government to see people with "alternative lifestyles, and this may serve as an impetus for them to reconsider their views instead of just living in an isolated society."

At the same time, Davies insisted the world championships should take on the credo of the Olympics and not raise political issues during their events. The track worlds start Saturday.

Russia recently introduced a law that bans so-called "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" and imposes fines on those holding gay pride rallies.