Biles wants to focus on mental health and cited those concerns
No decision on her participation in individual finals
Simone Biles withdrew from the women’s all-around gymnastics final at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday, citing a medical condition that prevented her from competing. The news came after she abruptly withdrew from the women’s team event on Tuesday after only one turn on the vault due to mental health concerns.
Biles may return for the individual events at the Games next week, according to a statement from US Gymnastics.
‘I just think mental health is more prevalent in sports right now … we have to protect our minds and our bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants us to do’, Simone Biles said after she dropped out of the gymnastics team event.
Biles, who had just written on Instagram about having the weight of the world on her shoulders the day before, decided that rather than risk injury – and a medal for the rest of the team – she needed to just stop.
Meanwhile, most people have applauded Biles’ decision. Famous personalities like Michael Phelps, Michelle Obama and many other gymnasts showed their overwhelming support for Biles.
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