Simone Biles has said mental health concerns were behind her shock withdrawal from the team gymnastics final at the Tokyo Olympics as she admitted: “I just didn’t want to go on”.
Biles, the superstar US gymnast who was bidding for six gold medals coming into the competition, pulled out after a disappointing start.
Without her, the American team finished second behind the Russian Olympic Committee.
Image: Biles pulled out of the final
Initially the reason given by US team bosses for her withdrawal was a “medical issue”.
But, speaking to reporters, Biles, who won four golds and a bronze in Rio, said: “After the performance I did, I just didn’t want to go on.”
She wasn’t injured, she said, but had suffered “just a little injury to my pride”.
“I have to focus on my mental health. 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.
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“I don’t trust myself as much anymore … maybe it’s getting older. There were a couple of days when everybody tweets you and you feel the weight of the world.
“We’re not just athletes, we’re people at the end of the day and sometimes you just have to step back.”
Source : Sky News