Athletics: Isinbayeva wants to leave 'scary, old' home town for Monaco
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia's triple pole vault world champion Yelena Isinbayeva, who last week stoked controversy by voicing strong support for recent anti-gay laws, declared she wanted to leave her "decayed" Russian home town to live in Monaco, in an interview published on Thursday.
The 31-year-old star double Olympic champion told a mass circulation weekly newspaper in her home town of Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) that she prefers to live in Monaco, where living and training conditions are better.
"I think I will live abroad," Isinbayeva told Argumenty i Fakty. "I will have many responsibilities in Volgograd, but I want to live in Monaco."
In her first major interview since the controversy over her comments on gay rights erupted, she disparaged her home town and said she will come only to visit her coach.