The US Gymnastics Federation has announced that Simone Biles will not compete in the all-around final of the Tokyo Olympics. A big star in the sport, the gymnast has suffered psychological problems and chose to prioritize mental health.
“After a medical evaluation, Simone Biles withdrew the all-around final. We wholeheartedly support Simone's decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being. Her courage shows, once again, why she is a role model for so many,” says the note released by USA Gymnastics on Twitter.
On Tuesday, during the team final, the owner of four gold medals in Rio-2016 had already abandoned the dispute after performing in the jump. The initial information was that she would have suffered an injury after missing the landing, but later came confirmation of departure precisely because of the athlete's mental issues.
“After the presentation I made, I just didn't want to continue. I think mental health is more important 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,” explained Biles.
At the age of 24, Biles arrived at the Tokyo Games as the biggest name in the competition. During the classification, she made unusual mistakes and later vented on social media saying that "she feels that sometimes she carries the whole weight of the world on her shoulders".
Biles still has a spot in the four individual handset finals, but has not yet confirmed whether she will also give up the medal fight.