Gareth Thomas, a Welsh rugby player who claimed the title of the world's first openly gay professional male athlete in 2009, has announced he's retiring.
His decision is a result of realizing he could no longer "give 100%" to the sport. He further explained his retirement in a statement, saying:
"I have listened to and discussed this decision with many of my family and close friends. My mind has told me that the time to retire is now. If you can't give 100% to rugby then you can't do it justice. This is a sad day but I know that my time has come to an end as a player. I do not know what lies ahead, but I feel the challenge of something different excites me more than another year of rugby. My passion for the amazing game will never end or leave me, however."
Retiring from what you love to do is always a tough decision to make, but we wish Gareth the best in the future! Although his sexuality shouldn't even be an issue, we will always respect his courage for coming out and not being afraid to be himself!
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