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Tokyo Olympics: Ravi Shastri backs Simone Biles for pulling out, relates to Naomi Osaka for mental health

The Tokyo Olympics is abuzz following American gymnast Simone Biles pull out citing mental health concerns. Meanwhile, Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri has backed her, besides relating to Naomi Osaka's similar issues last month.

Tokyo Olympics: Ravi Shastri backs Simone Biles for pulling out, relates to Naomi Osaka for mental health-ayh
Durham, First Published Jul 29, 2021, 2:24 PM IST
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The Tokyo Olympics continues in full flow while the United States of America displays its prowess, having won the most medals so far (37). However, its chances of seemingly winning a few golds were robbed after world number one gymnast Simone Biles decided to pull out, citing mental health issues.

It all started after she suffered following an error on the vault, leading to a low score for her. Consequently, the Americans competed with just three members in the team event, thereby finishing second to Russia, while she later pulled out of some of her individual events too.

"I think they get a gold medal in fighting. They never gave up. And, look at them, they did exactly what I said they would do. They were going to go out there and do what they were supposed to. Now, they're Olympic silver medallists," Biles had told Olympics on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, she received an outpour of love and support from her fans and well-wishers, as she thanked them for the same. "The outpouring love and support I've received has made me realise I'm more than my accomplishments and gymnastics, which I never truly believed before," she wrote on social media.


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In the meantime, Biles was supported by Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri, claiming that the 24-year-old owed explanation to no one. He also related her to Japanese Tennis star Naomi Osaka who had put forward the same issue as she had decided to pull out of the French Open and Wimbledon last month.

"Take your time, @Simone_Biles. You have earned the right to owe it to yourself at this tender age. 48 hours or 48 days it might take. Just do it, Champion. You owe no explanation to no one. @naomiosaka, you too. God bless you girls #Olympics," he wrote in a tweet.

As of now, it is unclear if Biles would take part in her apparatus finals next week. "Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week's individual event finals," said USA Gymnastics in a statement.

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