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Commonwealth Games leader wants to meet with Tom Daley over LGBT concerns

Commonwealth Games leader wants to meet with Tom Daley after Olympic champion called for an outright ban on countries that still impose the death penalty for homosexuality 

  • Tom Daley has been a strong advocate for the LGBT community at the Olympics 
  • The openly gay Team GB diver won his first gold at the Games in Tokyo this year 
  • New Commonwealth Games chief Katie Sadleir is keen to meet to discuss issues
  • It is currently illegal to be gay in a staggering 36 of 54 Commonwealth nations


The new leader of the Commonwealth Games wants to meet with Tom Daley to discuss his concerns about countries that discriminate against homosexuality.

It is currently illegal to be gay in 36 of the 54 Commonwealth nations – a staggering statistic that Daley has previously cited in calls for change.

The Olympic champion followed his victory in the 2018 Commonwealth Games by pushing for a relaxation on anti-gay laws, and in October called for an outright Olympic ban on nations that impose the death sentence for homosexuality.

New Commonwealth Games chief Katie Sadleir is keen to sit down and talk with Tom Daley

Speaking at the recent Attitude Awards he said: ‘I think it’s really important to try and create change, rather than just highlighting or shining a light on those things. So I want to make it my mission before the Paris Olympics in 2024, to make it so that the countries where it’s punishable by death for LGBT people are not allowed to compete at the Olympic Games.’

Katie Sadleir, who has taken over as the Commonwealth Games Federation CEO less than a year before Birmingham 2022, is keen to meet with Daley to raise awareness around the issue.

‘I’m happy to meet with him,’ said Sadleir, whose organisation are finalising plans for ‘Pride House’ at the Birmingham Games to raise the profile of the gay community.

The Team GB diver has been a strong advocate for LGBT rights within Olympic circles

The Team GB diver has been a strong advocate for LGBT rights within Olympic circles 

She added: ‘We don’t set the rules for all the countries but what we do is to create a platform to discuss things that we think are important.

‘We have been working on the concept of a Pride House to create a safe space for athletes to come and discuss issues, to raise the profile of the community.

‘I can meet with him (Daley) and we can create an opportunity to raise issues in a safe environment. What I can’t do is go into the countries and change their laws.’



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