Emma Green Tregaro competing in the high jump qualifier yesterday. Photo: Scanpix.
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Rainbow fingernails "broke IAAF rules"?

Swedish high jumper Emma Green Tregaro and sprinter Moa Hjelmer could have broken IAAF rules when they painted their fingernails in rainbow colours at the World Athletics Championships Thursday, Swedish Television Sports reports.

The International Amateur Athletics Federation is the organiser of the ongoing championships in Moscow.

Green Tregaro and Hjelmer had painted their nails in what Hjelmer called "a silent protest" against Russia's new law that bans 'gay propaganda' to minors.

But according to the IAAF's press spokesman, Nick Davies, the painted nails could have broken championship rules which ban political or religious statements by the athletes.

When asked by SVT Sport if this could mean Green Tregaro could be stopped from competing in tomorrow's high jump final, Davies replied: "You should ask the Swedish team managers if they have made clear to Green Tregaro that this isn't allowed, but we have no plans to stop her competing in the final."

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