Tokyo Olympics: Simone Biles says mental health issues behind withdrawal as she admits: ‘I just didn’t want to go on’ | World News



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.

Biles has pulled out of the final
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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…



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