The White House on Wednesday played down any message in sending two openly gay athletes to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The administration on Tuesday announced that tennis legend Billie Jean King and hockey player Caitlin Cahow would be part of a 10-person delegation heading to the Sochi Games and that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden would skip the sporting event.

Gay rights activists have urged leaders to boycott the games in protest of the nation's “gay propaganda” law, which prohibits public demonstrations of support for the LGBT community.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney insisted that the delegation's composition wasn't a message aimed at the Russians.

“Is there a message that you're trying to send on gay rights, in particular?” NBC's Chuck Todd asked.

“I think that this delegation represents the diversity that is the United States,” Carney answered. “Every member of that delegation is extremely accomplished, either in government service or in civic activism, or, most especially, sports.”

“So [the president] is very proud of the delegation and the diversity it represents, and he looks forward, as every American does, to the competition and to the effort that American athletes will demonstrate when they compete in Sochi.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Related: Caitlin Cahow Won't rule out protesting Russia's anti-gay at Winter Olympics.)