The openly bisexual sportswoman went pro after taking home gold medals from London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, and then became the WBO flyweight world champion. But she suffered from an eye injury and, on Wednesday 6 November, and the doctors told her that if she continued doing sport she might be left permanently blind, so she decided not to risk. The Leeds-born athlete wrote an open letter in the Yorkshire Evening Post to thank her local community for their support. Adams thanked her team, her coach and those who kept encouraging her and believing in her on this long, complicated and very exciting way. “You have stuck with me through the most dark and daunting times. In moments where I felt down and defeated, it has been your unfaltering support that has helped me persevere… Hanging up my gloves was always going to [be] hard, but I have never felt luckier, and I’m so immensely proud of how far the sport has come,” she wrote.