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Para star Whitehead accuses IPC of ‘isolating’ athletes


Double leg amputees won’t be allowed to compete within the T42 100m in Tokyo Beforehand the race was open to single and double leg amputees Australia’s Scott Reardon insists it’s harmful for the 2 to compete collectively Richard Whitehead says the Paralympic officers’ determination isolates athletes 


Adam Crafton for the Every day Mail

21:50 BST, 17 July 2017

Up to date:
21:50 BST, 17 July 2017

Richard Whitehead has launched a blistering assault on the Worldwide Paralympic Committee as he accused them of ‘isolating’ athletes from Tokyo 2020.

Whitehead desires to have the opportunity compete within the T42 100m ultimate in Tokyo after taking silver within the occasion in Rio and bronze within the World Championships in London on Monday evening.

In Rio, the race was open to single and double leg amputees however in Tokyo, the latter group can be excluded from the occasion as some athletes comparable to Australian single-amputee Scott Reardon imagine it’s ‘harmful’.

Richard Whitehead has launched an attack on the International Paralympic Committee

Richard Whitehead has launched an assault on the Worldwide Paralympic Committee

Whitehead stated: ‘Paralympic sport must be inclusive and never isolating people. I’ll solely have the 200m to run in Tokyo, which is ridiculous.

‘All my life I’ve been preventing towards the system. I’ve seen emails from Scott and the Australian authorities and so they suppose there’s a hazard concerned, which is ridiculous. As a result of we circumduct, they are saying we might clip the opposite athletes. You might be taking part in with individuals’s careers.’

Amid the stress, there was pleasure for Nice Britain as Hannah Cockroft, Sophie Kamlish and Olivia Breen ensured a hat-trick of feminine triumphs on the World Para Athletics Championships.

Australian Scott Reardon (left)  insists it is 'dangerous' for double amputees to compete in T42

Australian Scott Reardon (left)  insists it’s ‘harmful’ for double amputees to compete in T42

Cockroft is now two down in her treble quest as she broke the World Championship document with a time of two:01m within the T34 800m

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