Logos for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Video games on show in Tokyo. The Olympics start Friday and the Paralympics begin Aug. 24. The video games have been initially scheduled for 2020, however have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Zuma Press/TNS)
A two-time Paralympic swimmer who’s deaf and blind is withdrawing from the Tokyo video games, saying that she had “no selection” after being informed she couldn’t have a private care assistant accompany her.
Becca Meyers, 26, stated in a press release this week that she made the “gut-wrenching resolution” as a result of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee “denied an affordable & important lodging for me, as a deaf-blind athlete, to have the ability to compete in Tokyo.”
Since 2017, Meyers stated that the committee has authorized her mom to function her private care assistant in any respect worldwide meets, however due to COVID-19 restrictions that lodging was denied this time round.
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Meyers stated that she was repeatedly informed by the committee that she didn’t want a private care assistant who she trusts. Somewhat, there could be one assistant on employees to assist her and 33 different Paralympic swimmers together with 9 who’re visually impaired like her, she stated.
In response to her Workforce USA profile, Meyers, who’s from Baltimore, has Usher syndrome and has been deaf since beginning. She has used a cochlear implant since she was younger.
Meyers received silver and bronze on the 2012 Paralympic Video games in London and took dwelling three gold medals and one silver on the 2016 video games in Rio de Janeiro. She was additionally named Greatest Feminine Athlete with a Incapacity on the 2015 ESPY Awards.
“I’m offended, I’m dissatisfied, however most of all, I’m unhappy not be representing my nation,” Meyers stated. “I’m talking up for future generations of Paralympic athletes in hope that they by no means must expertise the ache I’ve been via. Sufficient is sufficient.”
The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee didn’t reply to a request for remark.
The Paralympic Video games can be held in Tokyo from Aug. 24 via Sept. 5.