Denied an assistant, he leaves the US Paralympic Games
July 22, 2021 – US Paralympic Becca Meyers, a three-time gold medalist who is deaf and blind, has announced her departure from the Tokyo Games this week.
Meyers said the decision was made because the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Commission denied a request to take his personal denial assistant to Japan. There will be a personal assistant caring staff to help, he added, but he will call for 34 athletes for the entire U.S. Paralympic Swimming, along with nine other visually impaired athletes. Meyers is also the only one with a deaf man.
“I’m angry, I’m disappointed, but mostly I’m sad because I don’t represent my country,” he said. he wrote on Instagram.
Meyers wrote that the committee has allowed him to bring a personal care assistant (his mother) to international meetings since 2017. With COVID-19 security measures and restrictions on non-essential personnel in Tokyo, however, no personal care assistants are allowed. He endorsed the pandemic protocols, but added that “a reliable PCA is essential to compete.”
“So in 2021, why do I continue to fight for my rights as a disabled person?” he wrote. “I’m talking to future generations of Paralympic athletes, with the hope that they’ll never feel the pain I’ve experienced. That’s enough.”
In a statement ra Washington Post, The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Commission said it is “working under unprecedented restrictions on what is possible on the ground in Tokyo.” Most of the events are taking place without an audience, and there are significant restrictions on “foreign delegations,” including personal care assistants.
“This attitude has led some athletes to advise us that they will not accept nominations for Team USA for the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” the committee wrote.
“We are very grateful to the athletes who have to make decisions to compete if they cannot get their typical support resources in a major international competition,” the committee wrote. “But our top priority is to ensure the safety of our athletes, coaches, staff and the citizens of the host country.”
Meyers, 26, was born with Usher Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects hearing and vision. CBS News era. Twice as a Paralympic, he has won three gold medals and multiple world championships. He was to compete in four events in Tokyo.
“The Paralympic Games are supposed to be a haven for athletes with disabilities,” Meyers wrote in a column For USA Today after its announcement.
“How can I walk in a foreign city with the many limitations and obstacles that COVID-19 has put in place, and I hope to feel safe for two weeks?” he wrote. “How about any of us?”