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Paralympics to be scaled down

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Mummyme1987 Fri 19-Aug-16 18:52:42

Just heard this on the news.

Mummyme1987 Fri 19-Aug-16 18:53:25

Brazil can't afford it they said. 10 countries aren't going now.

AmyC86 Fri 19-Aug-16 18:54:22

OMG that's really bad! What is the excuse for the countries not attending?

Mummyme1987 Fri 19-Aug-16 18:55:07

It's very disappointing that disabled sport is being short changed. I understand the country is broke but it's still disappointing. London was so uplifting.

HelenaDove Fri 19-Aug-16 18:55:15

They are treating it as a bloody afterthought angry

FairySpinster Fri 19-Aug-16 18:55:41

Why aren't the 10 countries going?

Mummyme1987 Fri 19-Aug-16 18:55:54

There's no money to get them there, venues are closing and staff and security being scaled back.

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Mummyme1987 Fri 19-Aug-16 18:56:24

Just heard it in the itv news.

iklboo Fri 19-Aug-16 18:56:35

A lot of the travel funding has been withdrawn, used elsewhere or isn't available. Some countries can't afford to send all their athletes.

IHaveBrilloHair Fri 19-Aug-16 18:56:54

It's awful, just awful.

hazeyjane Fri 19-Aug-16 18:56:58

Its really disappointing, especially after the success of the 2012 Paralympics.

Mummyme1987 Fri 19-Aug-16 18:57:09

10% ticket sales.

Mummyme1987 Fri 19-Aug-16 18:58:09

London was so good.

FairySpinster Fri 19-Aug-16 18:58:11

Honestly if you can't afford the games you shouldn't be awarded them in the first place, Brazil had the World Cup just 2 years ago and now athletes who've trained for years for this moment are being screwed, it's unbelievably unfair, Brazil would never do this to the Olympics, it's awful how little thought they're giving to the Paralympics

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Fri 19-Aug-16 18:58:42

i heard this last week, but thought it must have been resolved

something about the travel allowances for the paralympians having already been spent on getting the main games finished

Witchend Fri 19-Aug-16 19:00:39

Maybe the USA can give the money they're taking their athletes towards it.

Really bad. sad

GiddyOnZackHunt Fri 19-Aug-16 19:00:56

Is this because Brazil can't afford to pay the travel grants?

Mummyme1987 Fri 19-Aug-16 19:01:29

This wouldn't have happened to the football.

CuppaTeaAndAJammieDodger Fri 19-Aug-16 19:01:38

Thing is, when Brazil was awarded the games it still had one of the fastest growing economies in the world, it has nosedived since then.

This really is very sad.

Blu Fri 19-Aug-16 19:01:56

A disgrace to the whole Olympic Movement, on Brazil and on the IOC for overseeing such an ill-managed debacle.
If I was an Olympic athlete due to compete from now on I hope I would have the resolve to refuse to compete, as a protest. Because in essence, the Brazilians have robbed Peter to pay Paul in getting the Olympics on as a priority over the Paralympics. (I am not saying I think the Olympic athletes have any moral obligation to protest, but I think I would want to).

CuppaTeaAndAJammieDodger Fri 19-Aug-16 19:02:49

Of course it wouldn't have happened to the football - huge amounts of Brazilian national pride is based on football (not that they've covered themselves in glory recently!)

LadyMonicaBaddingham Fri 19-Aug-16 19:04:13

I wonder if London could step in and hold it instead? I'm certainly dreaming, but I think the Paralympics are SO important

Witchend Fri 19-Aug-16 19:04:29

Taxing, not taking

TheSilverChair Fri 19-Aug-16 19:06:05

The football would have sold tickets. The money was meant to come from ticket sales and nobody wants to go.

Not much they can do about that, sadly. It would be nice if the IOC helped out but I doubt they will.

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