Tokyo 2020: Sporting Life

Biles' voice matters for the world listens to stars

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Among the thousands of phone lines installed for the Olympics, one number is unique. It is manned 24 hours a day, by people speaking over 70 languages, and whatever is said is confidential.

It is for athletes in distress.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 01, 2021, with the headline Sporting Life: Biles' voice matters for the world listens to stars. Subscribe