Isinbayeva, an ambassador for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, told reporters Thursday: "If we will allow to promote and, you know, do all this stuff on the streets, we're very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people. We just leave the boys with women, women with boys, you know everything must be fine here."
She now says she simply meant that athletes and visitors for the Olympics should respect the country's laws, RIA Novosti reported.
There have been calls for her removal as an Olympic ambassador.
"English is not my first language and I think I may have been misunderstood when I spoke yesterday," she said in a statement from the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Isinbayeva said she opposes discrimination against gays and agreed they should be permitted to participate in the Olympics.
"It's their life. It's their choice. It's their feelings," she said Thursday.
"What I wanted to say was that people should respect the laws of other countries particularly when they are guests," she said Friday.
Isinbayeva's original remarks were a response to a gesture by Swedish high jumper Emma Green Tregaro, The Guardian reported.
Tregaro's fingernails were done in a rainbow of colors when she competed Tuesday at the world championships in Moscow, where Isinbayeva won a gold medal.
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