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Simone Byles to compete in Doha Championship after opening up on abuse

Written by Christine Dzakah
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Four-time Olympic champion, Simone Biles is due to compete in the World Gymnastics Championships in Doha.

The tournament which will host all the Gymnastic athletes across the world will start from the 23rd of October to 3rd November 2018.

Biles who opened up on her sexual abuse in January says she hopes that speaking out about the sexual abuse she suffered will "encourage others to share their stories."

In January 2018 Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years after nearly 160 women accused him of sexual abuse.

Biles, 21, then told her own story of how she was one of those victims.

"It was very hard but I figured out that if I can tell my story then it might encourage other people to tell theirs," she said.

Biles, who won four gold medals and a bronze at the Rio Olympics in 2016, said she wanted to speak out about the reaction to her revelation and her responsibility as a role model.

She came back from a two-year career break to win her fifth US national title in August while wearing a teal leotard - the designated colour to represent survivors of sexual abuse.

And she returns to international competition at the World Championships in Qatar this month.

"I think it was very important to support the fellow gymnasts it had happened to and to speak up for what you believe in and say 'I don't think this is right' and I hope I gave them courage to come out and tell their stories one day if they want to," she said.