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The Paralympic Games are an international competition celebrating sport, life, and peace, founded by Ludwig Guttmann in 1960, for athletes with all types of physical, mental, or sensory disabilities.

With that in mind, it would be expected that the conditions for participation would take into account the needs of the athletes in order to compete at the highest level.

Becca Meyers is a 26-year-old American swimmer. Her career has been very successful, she has obtained multiple medals in various international competitions, including the Olympics in London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Meyers has Usher syndrome and has been deaf since birth. Since she was young, she has used a cochlear implant, an electronic device that allows her to hear. Meyers has also lost her vision due to a disease called retinitis pigmentosa, and she has a guide dog named Birdie, who helps her navigate.

Becca was the favorite to win gold in competitions starting shortly in Tokyo, however, she has canceled plans to compete in the Paralympics.


Paralympic Swimmer Withdraws From Games Over Denied Care Assistant

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“I’ve had to make the gut-wrenching decision to withdraw from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. I’m angry, I’m disappointed, but most of all, I’m sad to not be representing my country,” Meyers said in a statement in her Facebook profile.

In 2016 she suffered a very difficult situation when the staff of the Olympic village did not help her and there was not the infrastructure or adequate conditions to attend to her needs, so she was practically abandoned to her own fate and she could not find the athletes’ dining hall.

At that time her mother had to step in and serve as her assistant a practice that they have repeated in all the competitions since then but that now the authorities in Tokyo have informed her they will not be able to do so this time.

At the moment the Olympic committee has not made a statement on this matter, and the event will start on Aug. 24 and run through Sept. 5.