EVERY disease and every paralysis is possibly curable in the near future. This
decision is an embarrassment to the organization and a slap in the face to all
competing athletes with disabilities. This should be overturned. If she
can't use her legs at this moment, that is all that matters.
What a terrible decision! She should be able to participate as long as her
If I were this person, I'd be happy to say I not disabled anymore.
She's 18, and been paralyzed since 11? 7 years and they can't
determine if it's permanent?Full disclosure I am no doctor, nor
play one on TV, but does anyone go from having a condition to being healed after
@Aggielove - But she still is. There is hope that she will be and I am sure we
all wish for her that it will happen. And more importantly. I am confident
that she would prefer to walk again, rather than compete in the
Para-ChampionshipsTerrible decision by the committee and they should
be ashamed of the decision. Seriously, what is our world coming to that we take
something away from someone that they worked so hard for and deserve. It is not
like she worked hard to hurt someone, she worked hard to beat something, and in
this case a disability and she freak'in knocked it out, and now the
committee said she loses for beating it. Lame!
@ Aggielove Why would you be happy to say "I'm not disabled
anymore?" Being disabled is not an embarrassment. And she can't say
that right now because she is still disabled and nobody can guarantee that she
will walk again.
She is, at this moment, disabled. Therefore she fulfills any logical and moral
requirement for participation in the meet. If she were to regain the ability to
walk next year, I doubt she would even attempt to participate.
If I'm not gimping around anymore, I would be very happy. Why waste time
trying to except a disability? She's beating it.Is that a good
thing?Crazy world I tell ya.
There are many forces in life which are bent on maintaining people as they are.
There is little incentive any more for people to achieve. Many who are on
disability are told in so many words that they must remain that way for the rest
of their lives. Government welfare, though perhaps not intentional, discourages
people from regaining any sense of self sufficiency. And, as suggested by this
article, yet another group or organization is quick to kick any one out of its
ranks if they even dare mention a desire to overcome their current
limitations.Granted, each and every one of these groups or
organizations have their rules and they have been written with purpose, but the
end result too often is, 'stop trying' or your out.
Aggielove: You meant accept not except. Also, just because she MIGHT be healed
someday does not mean she WILL be. Maybe she still will never walk again.
This is dirty pool. The IPC should be required to reimburse her for all her
travel and training expenses. If she can't walk at present she should be
able to compete.If she has the hope of walking in the future today,
then that hope existed five years ago, only they didn't know about it. To
be consistent they should strip every athlete of any metals won if they receive
such a hope. Let's pray they are not that stupid. They have already proven
to be profoundly stupid. No need to set world records here.
isn't having hope part of being a positive person ? this ruling seems
wrong. almost political. this athlete deserves the chance to prove her ability
with swimming. should be take the right away from tall people to play basketball
because they may be taller then another player ?
Get used to this. When Obamacare kicks in full force, these type of decisions
will be commonplace, except it will be the other way around: a panel will
decide if there is hope or not. If there is no hope of getting better, you will
be denied treatment, even though treatment could prolong life or make living
more enjoyable. I guess the paraolympics ought to just close down then, because
there is the hope that when Christ comes back to earth, he just may heal those
that can't walk, those that can't talk, or hear.