Tom Daley will return to diving after a two-year break and bid for a spot at Paris 2024 after son Robbie stated he wished to see his father compete at an Olympics.
After opting towards returning for this 12 months’s World Championships, the place the primary batch of Olympic qualification quota locations had been on supply, it was broadly thought Daley was planning to formally name time on his profession.
Nevertheless, he says a latest go to to the Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, USA, along with his son Robbie modified the course of his life.
“Paris 2024 is unquestionably a objective,” the Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth champion stated in a post on social media.
“I am not able to be achieved and I do not suppose I used to be able to be achieved and hold up my trunks and transfer on with that a part of my life and particularly when my son Robbie stated ‘Pappa I need to see you dive on the Olympics’.”
Daley, who just lately turned a father for the second time to son Phoenix, says he desires to “set an instance” to his youngsters by “working laborious” to realize what can be a British-record fifth Olympic Video games look for a British diver.
After making his Olympic debut as a 14-year-old at Beijing in 2008, he gained bronze medals at London 2012 and Rio 2016, earlier than lastly claiming gold on the delayed Tokyo Video games in July 2021, the place he additionally gained one other particular person bronze.
“We had one of the best time at time on the Olympic and Paralympic Museum enjoying completely different video games and on the finish we went right into a room to look at a video about what it means to be an athlete and see these inspirational journeys,” recalled the three-time world champion.
“I simply wept; I could not management myself, I hadn’t grieved diving.
“I hadn’t been doing it anymore and that I in principle had retired and could not think about going again to doing it once more.
“Popping out of that museum one thing modified in me and that has lit a brand new flame and hearth inside me to see the place this goes.”
The British diving workforce just lately returned from the 2023 World Championships with a formidable haul of three medals, however notably didn’t declare podium finishes within the males’s 10m or males’s 10m synchro occasions.
Daley’s Olympic gold medal-winning team-mate Lee and his new companion Noah Williams claimed world silver collectively in 2022, however completed fourth in Japan.
Ought to his return progress as he hopes then Daley’s first competitors again is prone to be the World Championship choice occasion on the finish of the 12 months earlier than the Doha World Championships in February.
The Paris Olympics will probably be held from 26 July to 11 August 2024.