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Backwoodsman BS: 2021 Olympics (83* d) RE: BS: 2021 Olympics 04 Aug 21

Pretty much what I thought you were getting at, just needed clarification. As an ex-sportsman (amateur local-league football until my early thirties, competition rowing until I was forty-one, local-league table-tennis and club-level squash until my mid-fifties) Iím very much aware that different people have different ways of dealing with set-backs, and my way certainly wasnít necessarily the way of others.

I believe that those of us sitting comfortably in our armchairs with a drink of something nice in our hands, and who have never competed in sport at the highest level, are not well-qualified to judge the actions of those who do, and we should accept that they handle their set-backs in a way thatís appropriate and acceptable to them and their advisors.

In the case of a gymnast, for whom an attack of the condition described by Beth Tweddle, and from which Biles was said to be suffering, is not only psychologically debilitating but, if ignored, could result in serious physical injury - perhaps, in extreme circumstances, permanent disability or even death - it seems to make absolute sense to refrain from competition.

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