OLYMPIC champion Tom Daley has called on the Commonwealth Games to ban any country with anti-LGBT laws from hosting the competition.
The 28-year-old diver, who won gold at the Tokyo Games last summer, came out publicly as gay a few years ago.
He is married to Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and their son was born in 2018.
He is currently using his profile to promote the need for sport to tackle homophobic discrimination as he stars in the upcoming BBC documentary Tom Daley: Illegal to Be Me.
And in a preview of the program, he denounces how ridiculous it is that sporting events are still held in countries that ban being gay.
Speaking on the To displayhe said: “I would be illegal to exist in 35 of the 56 Commonwealth states. I mean, it’s just outrageous.
“These days, most international sports bodies say they are LGBT inclusive.
“But this year the FIFA World Cup and Formula 1 are both being staged in countries that impose the death penalty for homosexuality. [Qatar and Saudi Arabia].
“As a former medalist, the Commonwealth Games are close to my heart and I want to convince them to become the first sporting event to really take a stand.
“I was told that sport and politics shouldn’t collide. But at the same time, you have to recognize what’s going on around you.
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“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 host the Commonwealth Games.
“I know it’s a bold wish, but you have to start somewhere to create change.”
In the program, Daley will visit the Commonwealth’s most homophobic countries to explore how gay athletes face extreme persecution.