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Top Brazilian diver Ian Matos comes out as gay

Ian Matos in a 2010 event.
Ian Matos in a 2010 event.

Inspired by British diver Tom Daley saying he was dating a man, champion Brazilian diver Ian Matos has come out publicly as gay in an interview with the newspaper Correio.

"From a young age, I knew I was gay, but it was here that I got to live my sexuality," said Matos, 24, now living in Rio de Janiero.

He said a friend advised him to stay closeted until after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but Matos said the pressure of hiding boyfriends, avoiding gay parties and not being himself proved too much. He said he hoped that coming out would not impact his ability to be a successful diver and not cost him any potential sponsorship.

Matos was the Brazilian 3-meter champion in 2013 and won a bronze medal in 2012 during an event in the U.S.

Hat tip to Marc Naimark of the Federation of Gay Games.