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Para scandal: calla doctor or British cheats will continue to prosper | Sean Ingle

Classification scandal gripping British Para-sport is a consequence of its medal-based funding system

Not so long ago the gloriously grumpy playwright and national treasure Alan Bennett was asked what England excelled at the most. Hypocrisy, he replied, taking pithy swipes at politicians, public schools, and the way English people often say they want one thing while doing something else entirely.

Bennett’s comments came to mind when reading the astonishing report of a British Para-swimmer’s father buying a wheelchair on eBay in an attempt to hoodwink assessors into thinking his child was more seriously disabled. Worse still, a member of British Swimming was claimed to have pushed the swimmer around in the wheelchair.

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