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Tom Daley announces he will NOT be competing at this year’s Commonwealth Games

Tom Daley announces that he will NOT compete in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games this year as the Team GB star reveals he will ‘take a year off to rest and be with my family’

Team GB diver Tom Daley has announced that he will not compete in this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, having decided to take a year off to ‘rest and be with my family’.

Daley, who won four Commonwealth Games golds and one silver while competing for England, announced the news on Instagram on Tuesday.

The Tokyo 2020 gold medalist wrote: ‘I will not be competing in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this year.

“Before last year’s Olympics, my coach and I decided that I would not exercise for a year to have some time to rest and be with my family. I can’t wait to see all my teammates take a beating this summer!’

Team GB diver Tom Daley has announced he will not be competing in the Commonwealth Games

Team GB diver Tom Daley has announced he will not be competing in the Commonwealth Games

The Team GB star revealed he's taking 'a year to rest and be with my family'

The Team GB star revealed he’s taking ‘a year to rest and be with my family’

The 28-year-old is married to film director Dustin Lance Black and they have a young son, Robbie.

Daley, who was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honors list last year, finally ended his wait for Olympic diving gold in July.

He had won bronze medals in both London 2012 and Rio 2016 before finally taking the podium at Tokyo 2020, with an emotional medal ceremony afterwards between the enduring moments of the Games.

Amid fierce competition from Chinese pair Cao Yuan and Chen Aisen, Daley and diving partner Matty Lee held their ground to take first place on the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform, with just 1.23 points.

Daley is not ruling out competing in the 2024 Paris Olympics and could be tempted by the prospect of mixed or team events being included in the schedule.

He earned something of a cult following during his time in the Japanese capital because of his knitting hobby, which he started just before the first UK lockdown in March last year.

Daley was photographed several times with his needles and thread while watching teammates in the Japanese capital.

His Instagram account, madewithlovebytomdaley, is dedicated to knitting and crochet and has amassed 1.3 million followers.

More to follow.

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