“Mental health was at the forefront of the sports world in 2021 as two of the most prominent athletes had to withdraw from major competition.
Naomi Osaka, the highest-paid female athlete in the world according to Forbes Magazine, announced she would not participate in press conferences at the French Open to preserve her mental health. But as backlash built, Osaka decided to withdraw from Roland Garros, one of tennis’ four major championships.
A few months later, American gymnast Simone Biles, who was supposed to be the poster child for the American Olympic contingent, withdrew from the competition because of mental health despite being the gold medal favorite.
Both incidents were a microcosm of how mental health is treated in this country…”