July 28, 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee has “huge respect and support” for American gymnast Simone Biles, who pulled out of Tuesday’s team event at the Tokyo Olympic Games, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said on Wednesday.

Multiple Olympic champion Biles, one of the biggest names at the Games, decided to pull out of her team gymnastics finals, saying mental health was more important than sports.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)