Simone Biles' exit from the Tokyo Olympics puts an important mental health moment on the world stage

Joy and rest are both acts of resistance
Simone Biles
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By , Audacy

Within a matter of hours, both Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics and for several reasons, it was the only moment that mattered.

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Earlier this year, with press criticizing her every move, Osaka announced she would not be partaking in the French Open and Wimbledon— simply because her mental health was far more important than the competition. Yesterday, it was announced that Biles would be withdrawing the competition, citing the need to "focus on her mental health."

Though Biles didn't speak out about her decision, what's understood doesn't need to be explained. The media, naysayers disguised as supporters, and whomever else armed with an unwarranted opinion, love to put Black women (especially) under a microscope. We aren't allowed to simply exist and be human. We're always seen as strong, as the superhero, as the one carrying everyone and