Tom Daley fears over competing in Russia next month as openly gay athlete after winning Commonwealth Games gold with Dan Goodfellow

TOM DALEY has opened up on his fears about competing in Russia next month as an openly gay athlete.

The 23-yr-previous diver spoke about his struggles dealing with homophobia after winning Commonwealth Gold with associate Dan Goodfellow in Australia’s Gold Coast this morning.

 Tom Daley, right, pictured with husband Dustin Lance Black after they tied the knot last year

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Tom Daley, proper, pictured with husband Dustin Lance Black after they tied the knot final yr

Daley, who has been married to Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black since final Might, has discovered it troublesome to compete Down Beneath towards so many countries the place homosexuality continues to be unlawful.

And he is aware of he’s going to be questioned over his way of life when he travels to Russia for diving’s world collection in Kazan next month.

Daley stated: “In fact going to Russia is usually a bit scary as a result of I’ve obtained to compete in entrance of tons of people that know my state of affairs,

“It’s additionally the primary time I’ve needed to put ‘husband’ on my visa software, so we’ll see how that goes.

Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow win diving gold at Commonwealth Games in synchronised 10m occasion

 Tom Daley is worried about the reaction he will receive in Russia for being openly gay

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Tom Daley is frightened concerning the response he’ll obtain in Russia for being openly gay
 Tom Daley knows he is going to be questioned when he travels to Russia for the diving world series next month

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Tom Daley is aware of he’s going to be questioned when he travels to Russia for the diving world collection next month

“This may sound a bit political, however there are presently 37 nations competing on the Commonwealth Games the place it’s unlawful to be who I’m.

“Hopefully by the next Commonwealth Games in 4 years’ time, we will scale back that quantity.

“Coming to the Gold Coast and with the ability to be at liberty as an openly gay individual has been actually essential.

“I’ve been capable of really feel snug in who I’m once I’m standing on that diving board, and for 37 nations which are collaborating right here, that’s not the case.”

 Daley, left, has been married to Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black since May

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Daley, left, has been married to Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black since Might

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Australia solely voted in November to legalise similar-intercourse marriage and Daley is hoping that different nations will quickly comply with go well with.

“Numerous issues will take a very long time to vary however with the Commonwealth nations we might actually push a number of the different nations to chill out their legal guidelines on anti-gay stuff.”

Daley’s fourth Commonwealth gold got here regardless of a crippling hip damage which just about induced him to tug out of the 10m synchro platform occasion.

He revealed: “Two days in the past I wasn’t positive if I used to be going to have the ability to compete.

“I’ve been doing each type of restoration you’ll be able to think about – compressions, ice, cherry juice, consuming plenty of issues with turmeric and fatty oils…all of the issues I might do to even get myself to the beginning-line.”

TOM DALEY has opened up on his fears about competing in Russia next month as an openly gay athlete.

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