Getting to the starting line: easier for some than others


If the International Paralympic Committee’s anti-doping code is about fair play and the classification system is meant to have athletes of equal ability competing against each other then the question of technological advantage between nations must be addressed.

The public fascination with the cyborgs of disability (technology body interface) and the ‘normalising’ of Paralympic bodies has been brought to the fore with Oscar Pistorius’ involvement with the Olympics. What will be interesting to observe is whether all Paralympic bodies and sports get an equality of media coverage.

This includes people with high support needs and the sports that they are engaged in. I just hope that the cerebral palsy athletes in Boccia get the coverage they deserve as much as the high profile sports such as amputee track, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.

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