The case for having one Olympic games that includes Paralympians

We take you behind the scenes this month with our timely Vancouver Games Blog, an insider perspective on sport medicine and science headlines, talking points, statistical data and emerging trends.

In a column in today’s Vancouver Sun Pete McMartin makes the case for including Paralympians in the Olympic games:

It has always been my understanding that the disabled want the same rights we all enjoy — access to buildings, non-discriminatory hiring practices, inclusion in classrooms. They want normality, to as great a degree as they can possibly have.

As for being inspired by that, that is a construct of the able-bodied, not the disabled. Paralympians don’t want to be seen as inspirational, or at least a sense of modesty would dictate they wouldn’t: They want to be seen as athletes competing in a sport they love. They compete because it’s fun and because they want to win, not because they want to make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Read the full column here.

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