British diving star Tom Daley has said the Olympics should only be open to countries that do not persecute LGBTQ people within their borders. Olympic participants like Russia would be affected by such a ban.
Tom Daley’s speech was made available on YouTube.com.
After winning his first gold in men’s 10-meter synchronized platform diving at the Tokyo Games, the 27-year-old commented on the challenges he has faced in the sport to become gay.
He also spoke about human and civil rights violations of LGBTQ people around the world, particularly in Russia, where LGBTQ people have been arrested and reportedly tortured.
Daley mentioned the proposed ban during an awards program hosted by Attitude Magazine Foundation, which benefits LGBTQ causes.
He accepted the Attitude Award for Sports.
âThese last Olympics there were more LGBTQ athletes than any of the previous Olympics combined, which is a big step forward,â Daley said at the awards show. “Yet there are still ten countries that punish death for being gay, which have been allowed to participate in the Olympics.”
“I want to make this my mission during the next, I hope before the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, to ensure that the countries which criminalize and [make] punishable by death because LGBTQ people are not allowed to compete. “
The 2022 Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing, followed by the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. The 2026 Winter Olympics will be held in Milan and Cortina, followed by the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.