Well the Paralympics officially started yesterday but they started the first events today, which are the following:
The Round Robin for Wheelchair Curling
The Preliminary Rounds for group A and B for Ice Sledge Hockey
Biathlon Women’s - Standing, Sitting & VI.
Biathlon Men’s - Standing, Sitting & VI.
Women’s Downhill - Standing, Sitting & VI.
Men’s Downhill - Standing, Sitting & VI.
**VI stands for Visual Impairment.
I really wish they would give the Paralympics and all the Para-Games more coverage (TV airing, news, media, apps merchandise all that) like the ‘normal’ Olympics get. This isn’t just because of my own Visual Impairment but I do know that is part of my wanting to see this happen.
Don’t get me wrong we’ve come a long way promoting and getting coverage, getting more classes and sports and all that in the last 25 odd years BUT all these athletes are professionals and these are there Olympics, they should get the coverage and attention they deserve.
The current categories are:
Amputee: Athletes with a partial or total loss of at least one limb.
Cerebral Palsy: Athletes with non-progressive brain damage, for example cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke or similar disabilities affecting muscle control, balance or coordination.
Intellectual Disability: Athletes with a significant impairment in intellectual functioning and associated limitations in adaptive behavior.
Wheelchair: Athletes with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities which require them to compete in a wheelchair.
Visually Impaired: Athletes with vision impairment ranging from partial vision, sufficient to be judged legally blind, to total blindness.
Les Autres (French for “the others”): Athletes with a physical disability that does not fall strictly under one of the other five categories, such as dwarfism, multiple sclerosis or congenital-deformities of the limbs such as that caused by thalidomide
I know they get the coverage, the sponsors, the money and everything but I feel like they should be getting more.
It just pisses me off, am I wrong to be pissed about this?