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Category: Paralympics

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Britain’s first Paralympic champion Margaret Maughan dies aged 91

• Multi-eventer Maughan won medals at four different Games• Teacher was paralysed from the waist down in a car accidentBritain’s first Paralympics gold medallist Margaret Maughan has died at the age of 91.Maughan won gold in both archery and swimming a…

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Katherine Grainger: ‘We’re suddenly in a very different world’ | Donald McRae

Former Olympic champion is still excited about UK Sport’s future – not only in terms of medals but having a positive impact on society“We are asking hard questions like who might be facing bankruptcy in the short term, because that’s the reality right …

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Paralympics: wheelchair basketball risks exclusion in classification row

• Row over the classification of athletes’ impairments• The sport’s code must be changed by the end of MayWheelchair basketball faces a race against time to guarantee inclusion in the Paralympics, as a row over the classification of athletes’ impairmen…

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Ellie Simmonds: ‘Going into Rio, swimming for me had been life or death’

Having been pushed to the brink of retirement before the last Paralympics, the swimmer took a year out. Now, reunited with her old coach, she cannot wait for Tokyo“A lot of the time, when I swim, I close my eyes because it is definitely lonely,” Ellie …

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Tokyo 2020 beds to be made from cardboard and recycled after Games

Mattresses will also be recycled into plastics after Tokyo 2020Organisers will make medals and torch from recycled metalsAthletes competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will sleep on bed frames made from recyclable cardboard, with mat…

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Olympics, World Cups and more: Tom Jenkins’ pictures of the decade

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer picks his favourite images from the thousands he shot during the past 10 yearsThis is a collection of images I have shot during the last decade. I wasn’t selecting them because they were necessarily the bigg…

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Tokyo 2020 receives unprecedented demand for Paralympic Games tickets

• Over three million requests for tickets in first lottery phase• Parsons: ‘This shows appetite Japanese society has for games’There have been more than three million requests for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics tickets in the first lottery phase, three times t…

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Paralympic gold medalist Marieke Vervoort ends her life in Belgium

Vervoort was a strong advocate of the right to choose euthanasiaShe suffered from an an incurable, degenerative spinal diseaseParalympian Marieke Vervoort said when the day arrived, she had signed the euthanasia papers and was prepared to end her life….

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Clean athletes: Britain to be coached in washing hands before Tokyo 2020

• Hygiene comes into focus in the hunt for marginal gains• Online training programme to be used before TokyoBritish athletes will be taught how to wash their hands properly before Tokyo 2020, as hygiene becomes a new frontier in the hunt for marginal g…

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IOC ‘very satisfied’ with Tokyo 2020 preparations, say organisers

• More than 7.5 million people in Japan register for tickets• Concerns remain about heat, cost overruns and accommodationDespite concerns about extreme heat, ballooning costs and accommodation shortages, organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paraly…

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Paralympics to join events that must be shown on free-to-air TV

Games to be added to list of protected events, while airing of women’s sport to be studiedCampaigners have welcomed the government’s stated intention to add the Paralympic Games to the list of sporting events that must be screened live on free-to-air t…

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Tokyo 2020: U-turn as hotels agree to wheelchair rooms for Paralympics

Promise by Japan that rooms will stay accessible as Paralympics legacy follows Guardian revelation that hotels wanted payment for conversionsThe Japanese government has promised that all hotel rooms that are converted to make them accessible for wheelc…

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Charging Paralympians extra for accessible hotel rooms? I expect more from Japan | Anne Wafula Strike

As a Paralympic athlete, I know the Tokyo 2020 Games can be a catalyst for change. But Japan must shift how it treats disabilityThe Paralympic Games cannot, and should not, be expected to resolve every aspect of disability inequality or remove the prac…

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Paralympics GB stunned after Yokohama hotels demand payment for accessibility

• Paralympics GB team hit with ‘huge headache’ for training camp• Senior figure says hotels have shown a ‘total lack of interest’British Paralympic officials say they were left stunned when hotels near their training camp for the 2020 Games demanded th…

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Russia’s Paralympic doping ban lifted after IPC praises ‘significant reforms’

• Governing body says 69 of 70 reinstatement criteria met• Russia has still not officially responded to McLaren reportRussia will rejoin the Paralympics community next month after the International Paralympic Committee decide to lift a suspension impos…

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Surfing and skateboarding receive huge Olympic boost from UK Sport

• Softball and goalball are others to gain from ‘aspirational fund’• Mims Davies lauds chance for athletes to shine at Tokyo 2020Britain’s surfers, skateboarders and softball players are to receive official funding for the first time to help them quali…

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‘Catastrophe for clean sport’: British athletes oppose Russia’s return

• Letter sent to Wada signed by top Olympic and Paralympic stars• Russia’s potential reinstatement to be discussed next weekBritish athletes have sent an unprecedented letter to the World Anti-Doping Agency warning that it will be a “catastrophe for cl…

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Kare Adenegan finds ambition and sacrifice is a winning combination

Record-breaking 17-year-old British Paralympian is making great strides in her charge towards gold at Tokyo 2020The custom-built £4,000 racing wheelchair that transported Kare Adenegan to a world record in London earlier this month has been accord…

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Olympic success under threat from funding cuts, says UK Sport chair

• Dame Katherine Grainger warns of implications of budget cuts• Finances are set to get tighter for 2020-2024 Olympic cycleDame Katherine Grainger, the chair of UK Sport, has warned that Britain’s extraordinary record of Olympic and Paralympic success …

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Winter Paralympics 2018 opening ceremony – in pictures

Athletes and performers put on a vivid display at the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South KoreaParalympics 2018: 10 potential highlights at the Winter Games Continue reading…