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Paralympic swimmer: I don't want to pull out of Tokyo Games, but I've been given no choice


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SOURCE: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2021/07/20/paralympic-swimmer-becca-meyers-covid-19-tokyo-olympic-games/8006062002/
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But then I learned this summer that U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee denied a reasonable and essential accommodation for me to be able to compete at the Games.Since 2017, the USOPC has approved the use of a personal care assistant (PCA) whom I know and trust to be with me at international swim meets because of my disabilities. But my daughter will have to compete in Tokyo alone.Athletes with disabilities are able to compete in a setting like the Paralympics because of PCAs. They help us navigate these foreign venues, from the pool deck, athlete check-in to finding where we can eat. There are eight remaining visually impaired athletes competing on the swim team alone, yet not one person on the swim staff is specifically certified to work with blind or visually impaired athletes.How could I possibly set foot in a foreign city, with the numerous restrictions and barriers that COVID-19 has put up, and expect to feel safe for two weeks?How can any of us?This isn't the first time that I have been let down by the USOPC.

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