Piers Morgan has questioned US gymnast Simone Biles’ sudden departure from the Olympics team competition citing mental health issues after she performed poorly in the opening round of the games.
According to him, young people need a better role model rather than blaming mental health for poor performances.
The 24-year-old gymnast had on Tuesday July 27, that she wasn’t in the right frame of mind entering the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and found herself “fighting all of those demons” once the action got underway. She removed herself from Tuesday’s events and watched as her teammates won the silver medal in the team competition.
Also, Tennis star, Naomi Osaka who was defeated Tuesday, cited the preservation of her own mental health for withdrawing from the French Open in April and skipping Wimbledon in June.
Piers Morgan has now reacted to Bile’s reasons for withdrawing, calling it ”a joke”
“Are ‘mental health issues’ now the go-to excuse for any poor performance in
elite sport? What a joke,” Morgan tweeted.
“Just admit you did badly, made mistakes, and will strive to do better next time. Kids need strong role models not this nonsense.”
However, a few people criticized Morgan’s tweets, stating that such statement pushes people with mental health problems to remain silent.