Tom Daley hits back over Team GB coach comments
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Asked whether media work could affect the 17 year old London hopes, the former Russia coach said: "Yes. The people in Great Britain are mistakenly convinced that he is the best in the world, but he is not."
Plymouth born Daley shot to prominence
as one of Britain youngest Olympic competitors
at the 2008 Beijing Games, and followed that by becoming the country first individual diving world champion when he
won the 10m platform title at the age of 15 in 2009.
However, the coach outlets teenager, who is likely to be one of Team GB highest profile athletes at London 2012, finished a distant 80 points behind coach wallet outlet Chinese champion Qui Bo at the 2011 World Championships.
"He very active, not like the Chinese. The Chinese have restricted their divers and I support them on this. I would recommend Tom to make not so many commitments to the media."
But the statement from the Daley camp countered the claims. "The comparisons with China may be relevant from a sporting perspective, but are less valid from a cultural and human one," it read.
"We turn down over 95% of media and commercial approaches for Tom. We only work with a small team of sponsors and ensure that any media is either necessary or very occasionally fun, given Tom interest and studies in both photography and media.
"We fully agree that British public expectation is too high around Tom," they added.
"Qui Bo from China is very much the gold medal favourite. In tennis terms, he is Novak Djokovic, the man to beat following an unbeaten 2011. Qui Bo may yet become the greatest diver of all time. However we are coach outlet atlantic city all very focused on ensuring that Tom has every chance for success in London this summer."
Evangulov has some say in Daley schedule away from training and has prevented British divers from taking part in media work in the two weeks before an event other than for official British Swimming commitments.
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