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Billie Jean King says diverse US delegation will be 'voice for people' at Sochi Games

FILE - In this March 2, 2009 file photo, tennis great Billie Jean King listens during a news conference in New York. King believes standing up to disc...
FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama presents the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Billie Jean King, known for winning...

Billie Jean King Sochi Olympics

FILE - In this March 2, 2009 file photo, tennis great Billie Jean King listens during a news conference in New York. King believes standing up to disc...

Billie Jean King Sochi Olympics

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama presents the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Billie Jean King, known for winning...

Billie Jean King believes that standing up to discrimination is the best way to combat it, so she had no hesitation in joining the U.S. delegation for the Sochi Olympics.

King will help lead the delegation in the opening ceremony on Feb. 7 at the Sochi Games, which has been overshadowed by a recent anti-gay law in Russia, calls for a boycott and criticism from human rights groups.

"It took about 10 seconds," King told The Associated Press on Wednesday about deciding to go to Sochi. "It sends a strong message that America is very diverse. We are here, and surrogates as athletes and gay athletes. We reflect part of America. Maybe we'll be a voice for people who don't feel they can be a voice yet."


Updated : 2021-05-10 01:41 GMT+08:00