Tom Daley calls for boycott of World Cup 2022 over host Qatar’s ‘extreme’ laws on homosexuality and women.
The Olympic athlete, who won gold and bronze medals at Tokyo 2020, said he was making it his ‘mission’ to ensure countries that criminalise homosexuality are not allowed to compete at future games.
Mr Daley, who confirmed his sexuality, in 2014, in an emotional YouTube video to fans, said countries, like Qatar, ‘that criminalise against basic human rights’ should not be allowed to host a sporting event.
He made the comments after collecting the Attitude Sport award at Virgin Atlantic’s 2021 Attitude Awards on Monday night.
Concerns have been raised about the treatment facing gay fans attending next year’s World Cup due to the country’s conservative religious code prohibiting same-sex relations.