UK Parliament Hearing Told Paralympic Classification “Not Fit For Purpose”

Dividing Lines and Lanes - by Patrick B. Kraemer

The classification system of Paralympic sport cannot be said to be ‘fit for purpose’, British members of Parliament (MPs) were told by Baroness (Tanni) Grey-Thompson, now a peer of the realm in the United Kingdom. Although the hearing placed much emphasis on athletics and seeps through sport in general, Baroness Grey-Thompson’s view echoes that held by parents of Paralympic swimmers, some of whom have submitted evidence to the current UK inquiry and to the International Paralympic Committee that the classification system is “not fit for purpose” and “ripe for manipulation”.

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The classification system of Paralympic sport cannot be said to be ‘fit for purpose’, British members of Parliament (MPs) were told by Baroness (Tanni) Grey-Thompson, now a peer of the realm in the United Kingdom. Although the hearing placed much emphasis on athletics and seeps through sport in general, Baroness Grey-Thompson’s view echoes that held by parents of Paralympic swimmers, some of whom have submitted evidence to the current UK inquiry and to the International Paralympic Committee that the classification system is “not fit for purpose” and “ripe for manipulation”.

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