There has been a lot of terrible news lately. Almost every day we hear about the death of athletes, but also ordinary people. This is a time of panic, fear, and all because of a pandemic that took many lives. Yet this time death is not related to COVID19 but that does not change the fact that we live in difficult times.
Ian Matos, an Olympic diver from Brazil, has died after a long and difficult battle with an invisible enemy. Matos had a throat infection which unfortunately spread to other organs, more precisely to the stomach and lungs.
His body could not stand it, and he passed away on December 21. Matos had a lot of success behind him. He was a promising and brilliant diver and achieved many successes for himself and for his country. He still had many plans and wishes, but unfortunately, the disease was stronger this time.
Yet Matos is best known for coming out as gay, and that led him to do so because his colleague had done the same before and was proud of his courage. "From a young age, I knew I was gay, but it was here that I got to live my sexuality,"
There are many messages of condolence after his death and it can be seen that Matos was one of the favorites.
“We are profoundly saddened to have received the news of the premature death of Olympic diver Ian Matos, aged just 32,” Brazil’s Olympic Committee said in a statement. “Team Brazil acknowledges his contribution to the evolution of the discipline.
Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. ” FINA President Captain Husain Al-Musallam said: “I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of Ian Matos. Our deepest sympathies are with his family, friends and Brazil’s aquatics community at this incredibly difficult time.
Matos was of great importance for his country where he had great performances at the Olympics, and where he always gave his maximum and wanted to achieve the greatest goals.He was very serious in what he was doing "His contribution to the discipline will not be forgotten and he will be dearly missed by so many."
FINA and the aquatics family extends its deepest condolences to Ian Matos' family and loved ones. We hope that there will be as little news as possible in the near future because it is really shocking that young lives are disappearing.