The new person in charge of the Commonwealth Games has expressed her desire to meet with Olympic champion Tom Daley after the diving star voiced his concerns over countries which still enforce anti-LGBTQ+ laws.

More than half of the 54 Commonwealth nations still have laws which make it illegal to be gay or engage in homosexual activity, with some still using the death penalty as punishment.

The openly-gay Olympian has on several occasions in the past pushed for these issues to be addressed.

The most recent was in October, when Daley specifically called for those countries who enforce capital punishment on gay people to be banned from the competition.

"I think it's really important to try and create change, rather than just highlighting or shining a light on those things," he said at the Attitude Awards.

Tom Daley has called for countries which still impose the death penalty for homosexuality to be banned from the Olympics (



"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."

His words have caught the attention of those in charge of the Commonwealth Games, including the new chief executive of the CG Federation Katie Sadleir.

She said she would be keen to meet with Daley to discuss the issue, with her organisation set to include a 'Pride House' at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games next summer.

"I'm happy to meet with him," Sadleir said. "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 [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."

Daley had also condemned the actions of Russian TV channel Rossiya 1, which had attacked him and several other LGBT Olympians during its coverage of the Tokyo Games.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Katie Sadleir (right) wants to meet with Tom Daley to discuss the issue (


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Presenters on the channel branded trans athletes as "psychopaths" and denounced homosexuality as a "perversion".

"I had no idea. When we're at the Olympics, we're in a bubble and we don't really see anything," Daley said when asked about the channel and its coverage.

"History shows that everything that society is has been dictated from the straight, white, male experience. If we could come together and use different points of view, the world would be a better place.

"It takes a lot to come out and speak openly. It can be quite daunting and scary for people, especially in sports where the fanbases might not be as accepting.

"I didn't realise the impact it would have on people around the world to live as myself. I feel extremely proud of that."

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