COMMONS

The classification of Paralympic Athletes to be examined

22 September 2017

Baroness Grey-Thompson joins national sporting bodies to give evidence to the DCMS committee in continued inquiry into the governance of sports.

Witnesses

Tuesday 31 October, venue TBC.

At 10.30am:

Purpose of the session

The London and Rio Olympic Games were celebratory occasions for British Paralympians. However, since then, allegations of cheating and interference have rocked a number of Paralympic disciplines. The majority of these allegations have focussed on the process of classification, whereby sporting bodies are responsible for placing Paralympic athletes into competitive categories based on the extent of their disability.

Prompted by growing concern over this matter, this session aims to examine whether the current system of classification in British Para-athletics is fair, giving consideration also to the broader issues surrounding the structure and governance of British Paralympic bodies.

Chair's comment

Chair of the Committee, Damian Collins MP, commented:

"With lawyers for the International Paralympic Committee investigating whether athletes and coaches have manipulated classifications to boost their chance of winning, it’s important that British para-athletes can demonstrate ethical behaviour.

These allegations risk tarnishing the success of our medal winners. The athletes deserve to know their gold medals are secure achievements – in the eyes of fellow competitors and the wider world.”

The inquiry so far

The Sports Governance inquiry follow the previous Committee’s inquiries into the Governance of Football (October 2016) and the Future of FIFA (October 2015).

The Committee recently took evidence from Professor Miguel Poiares Maduro, former Chair of the FIFA Governance Committee and its independent Review Committee. Read the transcript or watch the session on Parliamentlive.tv.

Further information

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