Rainbow nails a no-go for Swedish Olympic athletes

rainbow fingernails

You won’t be seeing these on any Swedish athletes during the Olympics.

BY SARA GATES
Huffington Post Gay Voices

Paint your nails rainbow colors and face disqualification, the Swedish Olympic Committee warned athletes Tuesday. Officials are taking a strong stance on Olympic attire after two Swedish athletes sported rainbow nails to support gay rights during the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow last week.

It seems Sweden issued the warning to keep its athletes from risking disqualification from the 2014 Winter Games, which will be held in Sochi, Russia. While the International Olympic Committee’s rules do not explicitly bar rainbow colors — a well-known symbol of gay pride — its charter does specify that no political propaganda is “permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”

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