Paralympic athletes deserve better

Dear Editor,


I have been very dismayed to read that this month’s Paralympic Games have been hit with deep budget cuts at the last minute.  These cuts will impact infrastructure, the size of the workforce and will even close some venues.  I have even heard that some athletes may be unable to travel to Rio as a result of promised funding not coming through.

The Paralympic athletes deserve much better than this and serious questions must be asked of the organisers of these games.  Why was funding not secured long ago?  And why are venues, staffing and infrastructure plans only being put in place in the weeks leading up to the tournament? It seems that Paralympic athletes from all around the world have been badly let down, presumably by the International Paralympic Committee.



Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

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