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Piers Morgan has been put on blast for his rant in the wake of Simone Biles’ exit from the Olympic team final and individual all-around competition.
The US gymnast, considered one of the best of all time, pulled out of the event after making a rare mistake on her first vault. ‘I didn’t want to go on. 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 minds and our bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants us to do,’ she said.
‘Are ‘mental health issues’ now the go-to excuse for any poor performance in elite sport? What a joke. Just admit you did badly, made mistakes, and will strive to do better next time. Kids need strong role models not this nonsense,’ he tweeted.
‘Did you actually just say people are using mental health as an excuse for poor performance? You’re unbelievable,’ one user responded.
‘It’s not an excuse its the reason. Gymnastics in mind and body. She didn’t make a mistake. Her body was not performing right, because her mind was distracted by the incredible pressure being put on her. She did the right thing and put her team ahead of herself,’ another wrote.
If you’re experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is there to support you. They’re open from 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year. Their national number is 0800 58 58 58 and they also have a webchat service if you’re not comfortable talking on the phone.
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