Clare Balding has been attacked on Twitter for her perceived 'sell-out' of presenting television coverage of the Winter Olympics.

Clare, who is gay, is working in Sochi, Russia, where laws were recently passed, banning any gay education or propaganda.

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Some of those on Twitter voiced their opinions that the presenter was putting money before the LGBT cause, which has been so highlighted in the run-up to these Games.

The presenter responded to some of the tweets herself, explaining, "I’d make more at home, be safer and have an easier life. The reason I’m here is to do my job. Visibility before avoidance #pride"

Some tweets, blatantly homophobic themselves, prompted Clare Balding's partner, radio presenter Alice Arnold, to defend her.

Alice added: "You don’t see the irony in attacking the only gay person going – believe me she could earn far more staying at home."

And she added: "Be warned, people who attack Clare – I will defend her. It is my right, my duty, and my vow."

The Sochi Games have incited an unprecedented amount of attention for the laws of the country, with activists including the recently-released Pussy Riot women using the occasion as an opportunity to highlight the circumstances

International watchers have been quick to respond. Channel 4 showed a documentary on Wednesday evening, charting the harsh treatment of some Russian activists, and yesterday re-branded their logo, even their building, in rainbow colours - used by the LGBT community - to wish good luck to "all athletes - everyone who is out in Sochi".

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  • Greece

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Cross country skier Panagiota Tsakiri of the Greece Olympic team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • Australia

    Australia's flag bearer, snowboarder Alex Pullin leads his delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Belgium

    Belgium's flag bearer, bobsledder Hanna Emilie Marien leads her national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Austria

    The Austrian dlegation enters the stadium led by flag bearer, nordic combined skier Mario Stecher during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Azerbaijan

    Azerbaijan's flag bearer, alpine skier Patrick Brachner leads his delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Skier Zana Novakovic of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Olympic team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • Andorra

    Andorra's flag bearer, alpine skier Mireia Gutierrez leads her national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Great Britain

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Short track speed skater Jon Eley of the Great Britain Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • Germany

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: The Germany Olympic team enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • Brazil

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Cross country skier and biathlete Jaqueline Mourao of the Brazil Olympic team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • Bulgaria

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Skier Maria Kirkova of the Bulgaria Olympic team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • United States Virgin Islands

    Virgin Islands' flag bearer, alpine skier Jasmine Campbell , leads her national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Canada

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Ice hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser of the Canada Olympic team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • Italy

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: The Italy Olympic team enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • Hungary

    Hungary's flag bearer, speed skater Bernadett Heidum leads her national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Spain

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Figure skater Javier Fernandez of the Spain Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • Iran

    Iran's flag bearer, alpine skier Hossein Saveh-Shemshaki, leads his delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Armenia

    Armenia's flag bearer, cross-country skier Sergey Mikayelyan leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Bermuda

    Bermuda's flag bearer, cross-country skier Tucker Murphy leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Latvia

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Ice hockey player Sandis Ozolins of the Latvia Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • Ireland

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Skier Conor Lyne of the Ireland Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • Iceland

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Cross country skier Saevar Birgisson of the Iceland Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • Israel

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Short track speed skater Vladislav Bykanov of the Israel Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • Netherlands

    Netherlands' flag bearer, speed skater Jorien ter Mors, leads the delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Macedonia

    Macedonia's flag bearer, cross-country skier Darko Damjanovski, leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Belarus

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Freestyle skier Alexei Grishin of the Belarus Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • Nepal

    Nepal's flag bearer, cross-country skier Dachhiri Sherpa , leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Hong Kong

    Hong Kong's flag bearer, speed skater Lui Pan-To Barton, leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Denmark

    Denmark's flag bearer, curler Lene Nielsen leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Norway

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Skier Aksel Lund Svindal of the Norway Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • Zimbabwe

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Skier Luke Steyn of the Zimbabwe Olympic team carries his country’s flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • South Korea

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Speed skater Kyou Hyuk Lee of the South Korea Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • Georgia

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Skier Nino Tsiklauri of the Georgia Olympic team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • China

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Figure skater Jian Tong of the China Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • Serbia

    Serbia's flag bearer, biathlete Milanko Petrovic, leads his delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Mexico

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Skier Hubertus von Hohenlohe of the Mexico Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • Slovakia

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Ice hockey player Zdeno Chara of the Slovakia Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • United States of America

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick of the United States Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • Albania

    Albania's flag bearer, alpine skier Erjon Tola leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Ukraine

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Cross country skier Valentina Shevchenko of the Ukraine Olympic team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • Romania

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Biathlete Eva Tofalvi of the Romania Olympic team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • France

    France's flag bearer, nordic skier Jason Lamy-Chappuis leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Jamaica

    Jamaica's flag bearer, bobsledder Marvin Dixon leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russia

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: The Russia Olympic team enter the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • Kazakhstan

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Cross country skier Yerdos Akhmadiyev of the Kazakhstan Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • Poland

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Bobsleigh racer Dawid Kupczyk of the Poland Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • New Zealand

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Speed skater Shane Dobbin of the New Zealand Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • Dominica

    Dominica's flag bearer, cross-country skier Gary di Silvestri leads his delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Sweden

    Sweden's flag bearer, cross-country skier Anders Soedergren leads his delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Finland

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Snowboarder Enni Rukajarvi of the Finland Olympic team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • Venezuela

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Skier Antonio Pardo of the Venezuela Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)