Second Wheelchair Basketballer Considers Leg Amputation After Rule Change : Same Difference


This is disgraceful and shows the IPC are out of touch with disability, which makes them unsuitable to govern any form of disability sport.

It implies that a disability has to be seen to qualify as a disability, which is completely wrong and discounts many forms of unseen disability, including mental health.

Again some disabled people are being discriminated against and by a, so called, disability organisation.

The IPC needs to change or leave the ‘field of play’.

Same Difference

It seems this is a big story that should be shared and covered widely. This is the second such story we’ve covered in less than four weeks. We note that Oscar Knight is awaiting the outcome of the first case, George Bates.

A wheelchair basketball player deemed ineligible to play after a rule change says he is considering having his legs amputated.

GB Academy player Oscar Knight, 17, from Plymouth, suffers from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

He said new participation measures did not recognise his “poorly understood” condition and have made him “not the right kind of disabled” to compete.

The International Paralympics Committee (IPC) has been approached for comment.

In January, the committee told wheelchair basketball’s governing body, the IWBF, it needed to change its classification regulations in order to comply with the new code.

Under the IPC’s criteria, pain or hypermobility of joints are not eligible impairments…

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Sheffield’s Ponds Forge “remains closed” with 300 jobs at risk of redundancy | The Star


Sheffield’s biggest leisure provider has announced it is reopening – but Ponds Forge will remain closed and 300 jobs are at risk of redundancy.

Source: Sheffield’s Ponds Forge “remains closed” with 300 jobs at risk of redundancy | The Star

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do – GOV.UK


This is national guidance that applies to England only – people in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK. If you live in an area that is experiencing a local COVID-19 outbreak and where local lockdown measures have been imposed, different guidance and legislation will apply. Please consult the local lockdown restrictions page to see if any restrictions are in place in your area.

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that continues to protect our communities and our NHS.

 

Source: Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do – GOV.UK

UK’s lack of social care is hitting disabled people in Covid-19 lockdown | Vox Political


The United Kingdom is the fifth- or sixth-richest nation in the world; we should be able to afford to handle Covid-19 while still giving the best-quality care to those who need it. But we don’…

Source: UK’s lack of social care is hitting disabled people in Covid-19 lockdown | Vox Political

Marcus Rashford and other black athletes have run out of patience and are forcing change | Derek Bardowell | Opinion | The Guardian


Black British sportspeople are seizing the moment to speak out about racism and poverty, says author Derek Bardowell

Source: Marcus Rashford and other black athletes have run out of patience and are forcing change | Derek Bardowell | Opinion | The Guardian

Black soccer stars have had enough of racism on the field | Euronews


LONDON — At 24, Linton Harris’ soccer career is over. But it’s not injury that’s caused him to hang up his cleats, it’s racism.

While playing for the tiny amateur team Wymeswold FC in a local county cup final last Wednesday — a far cry from the glitz and glamour of England’s Premier League — Harris claims he was subjected to racist shouts, including monkey noises.

Harris was later sent off. “Typical black man, ruining the game,” someone was heard to shout from the crowd as he made his way from the field.

What happened next was almost unheard of: A teammate was then sent off for supporting Harris — he was appealing to the referee, who had not stopped the game — and the entire team then walked off with 12 minutes still remaining. The game was abandoned.

Harris has scored 46 goals this season, helping Wymeswold win its league. But, he says, he really is quitting. “Oh yeah, definitely, 100 percent — I’m done with playing football altogether,” he told NBC News.

“It’s just getting worse and worse.”

This story of abuse in front of a small number of fans may not grab many headlines. But it comes at a time when racism in British and European football is very much back in the spotlight.

 

Source: Black soccer stars have had enough of racism on the field | Euronews

Trump On Climate Change Report: ‘I Don’t Believe It’ | HuffPost UK


President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the findings of a sobering report about the economic costs of climate change that was released by his own administration.

“I don’t believe it,” he told reporters outside the White House before boarding Air Force One for a flight to Mississippi.

The president also attempted to place the blame for global warming on China, Japan and “all these other countries.”

“Right now, we’re the cleanest we’ve ever been,” he claimed.

 

Source: Trump On Climate Change Report: ‘I Don’t Believe It’ | HuffPost UK

Overhydrating presents health hazards for young football players : The Conversation


With August football practice fast approaching, every coach’s favorite cheer will be to “stay hydrated” and “keep urine clear” during the summer heat.

In 2017, a University of Texas football coach created a urine-based “Longhorn Football Hydration Chart,” which labeled players with yellow urine as “selfish teammates” and those with brown urine as “bad guys.” This “hydration shaming” practice has permeated high school sports, thereby encouraging a sporting culture which equates superior performance with superior hydration.

Overzealous obedience to this hydration advice has uncovered a dark underbelly to superior hydration practices: overhydration. When high school football player Walker Wilbanks died in Mississippi in August 2014 from overhydration, the doctor said that the cause of death was an “unpredictable freak occurrence.”

Two weeks prior, another high school football player from Georgia drank “two gallons of water and two gallons of Gatorade” after football practice to prevent muscle cramps and then died. Thus, over the last four years, two high school football players have died during August football practice from overhydrating – a medical condition known as exercise-associated hyponatremia.

Conversely, no football player has ever been known to die from dehydration, although seven died during this same four-year period from heatstroke, which may be related, but not always.

 

Source: Overhydrating presents health hazards for young football players : The Conversation

‘Multi-millionaire footballer’ calls woman a ‘black slave’ then brags to police: ‘I’m not some civilian’ – Mirror Online


This is the shocking moment a train passenger called a woman a “black slave” before bragging to police “I’m a multi-millionaire footballer”.

Union official Jenna Davis recorded the abuse she received on her phone.

The incident took place on a Virgin train to Birmingham and began when the man was accused of throwing chips at Jenna, who then confronted him, Birmingham Mail reports.

The footage shows the man verbally abusing Jenna, a workplace organiser for GMB Union.

As well as calling her a black slave, he is also alleged to have called her a “black wolf”.

 

Source: ‘Multi-millionaire footballer’ calls woman a ‘black slave’ then brags to police: ‘I’m not some civilian’ – Mirror Online