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’.
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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