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ERIC Number: EJ985364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
In Conversation with Tracey McCillen
Holman, Andrew
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v40 n4 p248-250 Dec 2012
Athletes with learning disabilities have had a difficult time being included in the Paralympics. They have faced a lot of discrimination, including from other disabled athletes, and just when they were finally included (at the Sydney games in 2000), the Spanish Basketball team cheated by having players on their team who did not have learning disabilities. This led to those with learning disabilities being banned from the games altogether. After 12 years of being left out, this year, in London 2012, athletes with learning disabilities were back in the games; they felt included, had a great time, and even won some medals! The blanket ban had been imposed, in 2000, after the games in Sydney, Australia, when Carlos Ribagorda, an undercover journalist competing in the Spanish Basketball team, wrote about how he and most of his colleagues did not have a learning disability. He alleged the Spanish Federation for Mentally Handicapped Sports had signed up nondisabled athletes in the quest for more medals. Ribagorda also claimed other Spanish competitors, in other sports, did not have a learning disability either. The incident was investigated; the president of the Federation resigned, and the gold medals were ordered to be returned in what was described as one of the "most outrageous sporting moments" in history. For the author, what followed was more outrageous, athletes with learning disabilities, through no fault of their own, were banned from the Paralympics. In this article, the author discusses these events with Tracey McCillen, the Chief Executive of the UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability (UKSA).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom; United Kingdom (London)