South African javelin queen, Sunette Viljoen came out on her Facebook page on Tuesday with much support from her fans.
“In the same week that I had so much grief and hurt , God sent a patch for my wounds in the form of love . On August 15, 2012 Limari Louw crossed my path . We have no doubt that God had sent us each other on that day exactly. As they say love comes like a thief in the night and the heart does not let it be dictated . I suspected the choice I made would be a difficult road, but not in my wildest dreams did I ever thought it would be such an uphill battle . What would follow was constant criticism, prejudice , stereotyping, derogatory remarks, rejection, opinions lodged and from those closest to me that made ??me it worse . Despite all the times I made my people proud and the many heights I reached, I was suddenly treated as lepers and still am. Through all this, the love we have for each other never became less and giving up was never an option. On our knees we were kept , praying through the hard decisions we made.”
Viljoen, who represented South Africa at the 2012 Olympics, finished a disappointing fourth in her event despite holding several javelin records. She had kept a low profile till June when she qualified for the World Athletics Championships and took third during the Diamond League in Rome.
Her private life will receive more attention in coming months unfortunately, considering controversial discussions in Russia that will see teams supporting homosexuality being banned from competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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