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Daily Mail - United Kingdom | 04/12/2013

A young top athlete's bold coming out

The 19-year-old British diver and Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley came out as a homosexual to his fans via Twitter and Youtube on Monday. The step is particularly courageous in the world of sports, which remains homophobic in many areas, the conservative paper The Daily Mail writes: "The athletes' reasons for keeping a low profile will vary. But many fear they could jeopardise lucrative sponsorship deals by coming out, and that their fans and even coaches and team-mates might suddenly question their abilities. ... But Daley was brave enough to take the risk - and by coming out so young and so soon he has sent a powerful message to the homophobic bullies in the playground and on the internet."

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