Tom Daley calls for countries with anti-LGBT laws to be banned from hosting Commonwealth Games

Daley, who came out as gay in 2013, has slammed sporting bodies for "claiming they're inclusive of LGBT people"

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Tom Daley has called for countries with anti-LGBT laws to be banned from hosting future Commonwealth Games.

Daley won a gold medal in the 10m synchro alongside Matty Lee at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, while has also picked up a further three Olympic bronze medals.

The 28-year-old, who came out as gay in 2013, has hit out at sporting bodies for allowing major events to be held in countries that outlaw being gay.

Daley said: "I would be illegal to exist in 35 of the 56 states of the Commonwealth. I mean, it's just outrageous.

Tom Daley
Tom Daley
Daley said he would "be illegal to exist in 35 of the 56 states of the Commonwealth"
Daley said he would "be illegal to exist in 35 of the 56 states of the Commonwealth"

"These days most international sporting bodies claim that they're inclusive of LGBT people.

"But just this year the football World Cup and Formula One are both being hosted in countries which have the death penalty for being gay (Qatar and Saudi Arabia),” he said on an upcoming BBC documentary titled: “Tom Daley: Illegal to Be Me.”

The Olympic champion added: "As a former medal winner, the Commonwealth Games are close to my heart and I want to convince it to become the first sporting event to really take a stand.

"I've been told that sport and politics shouldn't collide.

“But at the same time you have to acknowledge what is going on around you.

"My wish right now is to get the Commonwealth Games to say that they will not allow any country that has anti-LGBT laws to be able to host the Commonwealth Games.

"I know that is a bold wish, but it has to start somewhere to create some change."