Gay rugby star Gareth Thomas: Being gay should not stop you competing in Sochi Olympics

Gareth Thomas, the first professional rugby player to come out as gay, adds his opinion to the ongoing debate as to whether gay athletes should participate in the upcoming Russian Olympics given the country's laws against homosexuality

Gay rugby star Gareth Thomas: Being gay should not stop you competing in Sochi Olympics
08 November 2013

Gareth Thomas believes nothing should hold gay athletes back from participating in the Sochi Winter Olympics, not even anti-gay laws.

The openly gay retired rugby player discussed the 2014 Winter Olympics in an interview with Youtube sport channel Sportlobster TV, adding to the debate and concern as to whether gay and lesbian athletes should compete in the games because host countries Qatar and Russia have strong laws against homosexuality.

‘If I was part of a squad going to these countries – I would go there as a gay man and be the best at what I was doing and prove that their laws can not stop me at being the best I can be in my sport,’ said Thomas.

‘Athletes often only have one chance to be the best and they have worked so hard to get there that nothing should hold them back,’ he added.

Straight rugby player James Haskell, who was also being interviewed, said he ‘feels bad’ anyone should have to struggle and live a lie by concealing their sexuality.

‘Statistically there must be gay rugby players out there,’ Haskell added, but he is not aware of a single one who’s come out.

Thomas said when he came out he realized ‘people don’t give a shit’.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Jewish school pupils blast lesson's 'gay cure' content

Jewish school in England criticized for teaching about site which claims to 'heal' homosexuality.
No thumbnail available

Horrors suffered by Jamaican LGBT youth captured in new documentary

Young LGBT Jamaicans who live in a sewer and are under constant threat of brutal attacks from locals share the alarming truths and silver linings of their distressing situation
No thumbnail available

Gay rights activist through to next stage of Indonesian human rights commission selection

Transgender candidate out, as list of candidates is down to 60
No thumbnail available

Duchess of Cambridge secretly visits Brunei hotel in middle of gay boycott

Kate has decided to not side with the many celebrities, like Ellen DeGeneres, who are boycotting hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei
No thumbnail available

Grandchildren in hand, trans activist Poppy Rose leads 5,000 marchers for Norwich Pride

Leading her grandchildren down the town center, Poppy Rose sets the tone for a gay pride parade calling attention to homophobia in sport and school
No thumbnail available

Murder of gay Mississippi mayoral candidate to be investigated by FBI

Federal government could bring hate crime charges to high-profile case
Europe’s top lesbian politician: Eating chicken showed me the way to come out

Europe’s top lesbian politician: Eating chicken showed me the way to come out

European Parliament Vice President shares lesson from her childhood
No thumbnail available

Romney campaign loses openly gay spokesman

Richard Grenell lasted only two weeks working for presumptive Republican nominee
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Kazakhstan politician: gays can be identified with blood test for 'degeneracy'

The national movement leader says young people in colored pants who hang out at malls should be tested