Openly gay tennis legend Billie Jean King, a vociferous opponent of Russia's anti-LGBT crackdown, has pulled out of the Presidential Delegation to Friday's opening ceremonies at the Sochi Olympics because her mother is in poor health.
The AP reports:
King told The Associated Press on Wednesday that because of her mother's "failing health, I will not be able to join the U.S. Presidential delegation at this week's opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics."
Betty Moffitt, her 91-year-old mother, lives in Arizona and has been ill for some time. King will be joined by her brother Randy Moffitt, a former pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.
"It is important for me to be with my mother and my brother at this difficult time. I want to thank President Obama for including me in this historic mission and I look forward to supporting our athletes as they compete in Sochi."
The White House announced that King will be replaced with Caitlin Cahow, an Olympic silver- and bronze-medal-winning women's ice hockey player and a member of the LGBT community. Cahow is also a member of the official delegation to the closing ceremonies.