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Tom Daley wants Olympics to ban countries where homosexuality is punishable by death

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British diver Tom Daley is on a mission to ensure that the Olympics ban countries where homosexuality is punishable by death.

Accepting the Sport Award at the 2021 Attitude Awards, the Tokyo Olympics gold medalist said he would like to see these changes made before the Paris 2024 Olympics.

“I think it’s really important to try to create change, rather than just highlighting or highlighting these things,” Daley said.

“I’m incredibly lucky to come from Great Britain where I can be my real, authentic self and compete without worrying about the ramifications. I feel like wherever you were born you should be able to let go of this stress. “

More athletes than ever at the Tokyo Olympics

At the Tokyo Olympics, there were more Olympians than any other game with at least 186 openly identifying as LGBTQI, but according to Confidence in human dignity there are still 11 countries where homosexuality is punished by death.

There are also 60 other countries where same-sex relationships are criminalized to some extent and most of these countries participated in the recent Olympics.

“For these ten countries where you can’t be yourself, they shouldn’t be allowed to participate in the Olympics. They shouldn’t be able to host the Olympics. The World Cup in Qatar is approaching – it has extreme rules. about LGBTQ people and women. And I think he shouldn’t be allowed to host such a sporting event, “Daley said.

The International Olympic Committee has in the past banned countries from participating in the games for political reasons. From 1964 to 1988, South Africa was banned from participating in the Olympics due to its discriminatory and violent apartheid regime.

China to host Winter Olympics

After the controversy over letting Sochi host the 2014 Winter Olympics when Russia has a “gay propaganda law,” which prevents the posting of any content promoting or defending the LGBTQIA + community, the Olympic Committee had taken steps to ensure that host cities do not have laws that discriminate against the community.

However, the next Winter Olympics are slated to be held in 2022 in Beijing, China, where LGBTQIA + people are not protected by anti-discrimination laws.

China also recently cracked down on female males in the media, releasing news moral guidelines which aim to “resolutely put an end to sissy men and other abnormal aesthetics”.

British diver Tom Daley won two Olympic medals at the Tokyo Olympics – a gold medal in the 10-meter platform synchronized diving and a bronze medal in the 10-meter individual platform diving .

After his Olympic gold medal, Daley said at a press conference: “I am incredibly proud to say that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion.” He recently revealed that before the Olympics he feared for his life after being hospitalized with a COVID-19 infection.

Daley married Oscar-winning director Dustin Lance Black in 2017 and the couple adopted their first child in 2018.

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