The Reason For Simone Biles’ Withdrawal From Olympics: Methylphenidate, aka Ritalin
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There has been so much discussions online regarding Simone Biles’ withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympic that a bit of new information finally truly shed the light on the situation: apparently, Simone Biles withdrew from individual competition at the 2020 Olympics, a day after withdrawing from the team final, over mental-health concerns for experiencing “the twisties” (which causes disorientation), as a result of not being allowed to take her ADHD medication (methylphenidate, aka. Ritalin) which is not permitted in Japan. In sports, Ritalin is strictly prohibited because it is the closest relative of methamphetamines. Simone Biles has been taking methylphenidate since childhood. Given the fact that side effects of “withdrawal syndrome” associated with methylphenidate (aka. Ritalin withdrawal symptoms) may involve: anxiety, depression, loss of focus, irritability, fatigue, mood swings, dizziness, sleep disturbances, changes in heart rate, and changes in blood pressure, Simone Biles’ decision in withdrawing from the Olympics was a correct one, for if remaining, she may be risking permanent injuries for the rest of her life.
My questions regarding this situation: Why don’t all Olympic events, regardless of its location, have consistent policy/rules ?
Discussion with Joe Rogan, in the video published on July 29, 2021, “Simone Biles’ Withdrawal From the Olympics“, below:
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