Simone Biles has proven once again she is a force to be reckoned with, but this time she did it off the Olympic stage. After her Olympic medical reports were hacked, Simone bravely revealed her ADHD diagnosis and that she is not ‘ashamed’ of her medication. Check out her message here.
Simone Biles, 19, was so strong on Sept. 13, when she revealed to the world that she has attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and that the medication she takes for it is not something she’s ashamed of. “I have ADHD and I have taken medicine for it since I was a kid. Please know, I believe in clean sport, have always followed the rules, and will continue to do so as fair play is critical to sport and is very important to me,” the Olympic gold medalist tweeted.
The American gymnast made the announcement after the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) revealed that Russian hackers had released the confidential medical records of some Team USA Olympic athletes, including Simone’s. Simone, who took home four gold medals from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, had her standing as a champion called into question by some social media users after her records showed she tested positive for the drug Ritalin.
Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of nothing that I'm afraid to let people know.
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) September 13, 2016
A proud member of the “Fab Five,” Simone took to Twitter ASAP to let people know why she was taking the medication. After the overwhelmingly response to Simone’s announcement, she tweeted again, letting people know that she is not ashamed of her diagnosis. “Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of nothing that I’m afraid to let people know,” she wrote. Way to prove your amazing once again, Simone.
Luckily, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Travis T. Tygart, is standing behind Simone and the other athletes whose records were leaked. “It’s unthinkable that in the Olympic movement, hackers would illegally obtain confidential medical information in an attempt to smear athletes to make it look as if they have done something wrong,” the head of the organization said.
“The athletes haven’t. In fact, in each of the situations, the athlete has done everything right in adhering to the global rules for obtaining permission to use a needed medication. The respective International Federations, through the proper process, granted the permission and it was recognized by the IOC and USADA. The cyber-bullying of innocent athletes being engaged in by these hackers is cowardly and despicable. It is time for the entire international community to stand up and condemn this cyber-attack on clean sport and athletes rights.” We’re glad to know that Simone is not ashamed of her condition, or the medication she takes for it, and that she is not being punished for it either.
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