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Great Britain Becky Downie Prepares For This Year's World Championships

British Gymnast Becky Downie won't be retiring soon as she has unfinished business. Downie, who was shockingly left out of Great Britain...




British Gymnast Becky Downie won't be retiring soon as she has unfinished business.

Downie, who was shockingly left out of Great Britain’s Olympic team, wrote in her Telegraph article that she is training for the upcoming World championships, which will be held two months and a half after the Olympic Games.


It will take place in Kitakyushu, Japan. World championships are normally not held in the Olympic year, but the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics has caused the 2021 event to fall during the same year.


Downie and her younger sister Ellie, who is the first British gymnast to win an all around gold medal at a major international competition, spoke out against abuse in British Gymnastics back in 2020.


Some believe the gymnast's involvement in highlighting the alleged abusive behavior within the sport has played a part in her omission from the Olympic squad.


Downies' brother, Josh Downie, died after suffering from a heart attack at a cricket practice just before the British Olympic gymnastics trials.


It was announced that Ellie will be taking some time away from gymnastics to be with her family following the sudden death of her 24-year-old brother Joshua thus ending her Olympic bid.


Becky subsequently did not compete in the trial. However, British Gymnastics delayed the selection process in order to give her a fair chance of making the team.


British Gymnastics's performance director James Thomas explained that the decision to omit her from the squad was based on prioritizing the team event, which relies on performances across all four apparatus, despite specialists like Max Whitlock gaining selection on the men's team last month.


Downie is an event specialist.


"After all this, people might be surprised to hear that I am still training twice a day, and that I still love the sport as much as ever," wrote the 29 year old gymnast. "I am determined to put my routine out there at the World Championships – which are also being held in Japan in October – and I haven’t given up on the thought of another Olympic cycle either."


Written by Gigi Farid


Photo by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0


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