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Tom Daley says coming out was a "massive weight" off his shoulders

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 01 August 2014 10:19 Written by // Sabine Brix

Diving champ Tom Daley has thanked fans for supporting him after he came out, admitting a weight had been lifted.

Twenty-year-old Daley who is currently competing in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games told BBC Sport he has received positive reactions since he came out as gay this year.

"The public support has been overwhelming," he said. "Everyone's been so nice." He then added it [coming out] was like a  "massive weight" off his shoulders.

The star diver has also dismissed rumours he is quitting the sport because of a fear of failure leading up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. "I'm not retiring. I've no idea where that came from," Daley said.

"Rio in 2016 is still my ultimate goal. But how far I go on after that really depends on how long my body holds out. Some divers last until they are 38, some until they are 22. I just have to listen to my body and then play it by ear.”

Daley will compete in the upcoming 10m individual platform competition against Matt Mitcham on Saturday.


Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

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