Commonwealth Games chief seeks chat with Tom Daley amid Olympic champion fears of discrimination

Tom Daley has called for countries that impose the death penalty for homosexuality to be banned from the Olympics.

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The new person in charge of the Commonwealth Games has expressed her desire to meet Olympic champion Tom Daley after the diving star raised concerns about countries that still have anti-LGBTQ + laws.

More than half of the 54 Commonwealth countries still have laws that make it illegal to be gay or engage in same-sex activity, with some still using the death penalty as punishment.

The openly gay Olympian has repeatedly in the past lobbied for these issues to be addressed.

The most recent was in October, when Daley specifically called for countries that apply the death penalty to gay men to be banned from competing.

“I think it’s really important to try to create change, rather than just highlighting or highlighting these things,” he told the Attitude Awards.

Tom Daley called for countries that still use the death penalty for homosexuality to be banned from the Olympics



“So I want to make it my mission before the Paris Olympics in 2024, to ensure that countries where it is punishable by death for LGBT people are not allowed to compete in the Olympic Games.”

His words caught the attention of Commonwealth Games officials, including new CG Federation executive director Katie Sadleir.

She said she would like to meet with Daley to discuss the matter, as her organization is due to include a “Pride House” at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games next summer.

“I’m happy to meet him,” Sadleir said. “We don’t set the rules for all countries, but what we do is create a platform to discuss things that we think are important.

“We worked on the concept of a pride house to create a safe space where athletes can come and discuss issues and raise the profile of the community.

“I can meet [Daley] and we can create an opportunity to raise issues in a safe environment. What I can’t do is go to countries and change their laws. “

Daley had also condemned the actions of Russian television station Rossiya 1, which attacked him and several other LGBT Olympians during its coverage of the Tokyo Games.

Commonwealth Games Federation Executive Director Katie Sadleir (right) wants to meet with Tom Daley to discuss the issue


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The channel’s presenters called trans athletes “psychopaths” and denounced homosexuality as “perversion”.

“I had no idea. When we’re at the Olympics, we’re in a bubble and we really don’t see a thing,” Daley said when asked about the channel and its coverage.

“History shows that everything about society has been dictated by the experience of straight white men. If we could come together and use different points of view, the world would be a better place.

“It takes a lot to go out and speak openly. It can be quite intimidating and scary for people, especially in sports where fans may not be so tolerant.

“I hadn’t realized the impact it would have on people all over the world to live like myself. I’m extremely proud of this.”

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