Simone Biles is making it known that racism has no place in sports, as she condemns Gymnastics Ireland for a harrowing incident that showed a young Black competitor blatantly skipped over during an awards ceremony.
Gymnastics Ireland is the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in Ireland.
when this video was circulating, her parents reached out. It broke my heart to see, so I sent her a little video
there is no room for racism in any sport or at all !!!!
When the clip made it rounds on social media again this past week, Gymnastics Ireland made a official statement apologizing to the young girl for what happened. Her family, however, remains adamant that racism was the cause. They also claim that they have yet to receive a just apology for the ordeal, which the organization stated was handled through a mediation back in August.
The woman who handed out the awards, who is no longer affiliated with the organization by her own choice, stated that the allegedly racist move was “unintentional” but did agree that her actions were not “acceptable.”
While the family is still exploring legal ramifications for the incident, Biles’ video to the young girl encouraged her to continuing working hard at her passion and to never let racism make her feel less deserving.
“I wanted to let you know that I saw how you were treated at your GymSTART event recently. I was completely shocked and wanted to let you know that you deserve a medal just like all of the other girls. I know you’ve worked incredibly hard at the sport and I wanted to say I am rooting for you from here. Sending you my very best and know that there are so many of us here to support you.”
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Source: Black Enterprise