Tokyo Olympics: Simone Biles reacts to assist for withdrawal from workforce and all-around finals

Simone Biles


Biles, who won four golds at Rio 2016, has yet to confirm whether she will take part in the apparatus finals in Tokyo

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles has reacted to the widespread support she has received after withdrawing from Thursday’s all-around final.

The American gymnast pulled out of the competition saying she needed to prioritise her mental health, a move that has brought praise from high-profile figures in sport, entertainment and politics.

The 24-year-old said the support had shown her she was “more than my accomplishments and gymnastics”.

Biles, who is a sexual assault survivor, spoke to the media after the US took silver in the team final following her withdrawal from that event, of the need to “protect our minds and our bodies,” adding: “We are people, at the end of the day.”

British gymnast Max Whitlock showed his support, saying: “You’ve pushed boundaries time and time again. Rest up and take time.”

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba tweeted his…