yourname2000 said^^ Yeah, right....get a grip....if there was a 'unified games' none of those guys would get to compete (except the guy who actually did earn a spot this year, from South Africa --a total babe, btw.)
Regarding the paralympics, you can count me "not a fan" for several reasons.
1) It's the worst form of pandering, imo. Where the Olympics are about the pinnacle of human achievement, the para are about "doing the best you can with what you got."....how do you even compare the performances, year to year, between differently abled people? This is a feel-good gesture to add a fake "humanitarian" angle to what is otherwise a corporate/marketing fuckfest.
2) There's what, 7 countries that actually support differently abled athletes to the point that they can compete? Not exactly a "world event".....more of a mutual masturbation session by western countries to pat themselves on the back for being so "Christian" regarding the "less fortunate".
3) What the hell are some of these sports? The only way to play some of them is if you're physically challenged. Generally speaking, I don't think a fully-abled person would even be welcome participating in some of the team sports. Again, this is designed as an "also ran" games with sports that 99% of the world cannot and does not play....hardly a world-wide test to find human champions. When was the last time you even saw any of those sports on TV? ---where are these sports outside the Paralympics?
4) Anyone (able bodied) can learn to run...it doesn't take a lot of money. Which is why a country like Jamaica can produce as many incredible runners as it does. How does a country like Jamaica even justify spending the kind of money required to build the different specialized prosthetic devices these athletes require for their sport? In the end, a good chunk of the performances here are "our scientists are better than your scientists" or "we can afford carbon fibre bionic limbs...you can't."
5) The Olympic Committee forbade gays from using the term "The Gay Olympics" (which is why it was renamed "The Gay Games". THAT has at times been the largest sporting event in the world (we had it in Vancouver almost 20 years ago, and it was massive.) And Olympic level athletes actually compete at that thing....again, this is the first year a differently abled person has actually been able to compete mano-a-mano with athletes considered able-bodied. I'm bothered by the double standard: that a small group of--frankly--generally lesser athletes is permitted to use a term (that is part of our collective history), but we aren't because we would somehow sully its value.
I know this post isn't gonna make me popular, but have at-er: I don't post based on what I think will make me popular here. And I truly think ALL of the participants in the Paralympics are AMAZING athletes, far and away more talented and dedicated than myself. So to be clear, I'm NOT trying to diminish the greatness of their personal achievements. I'm just saying it does not in any way, shape or form, meet the crowning pedestal of "ultimate best" that the Olympics purports to be all about. It's a well-chewed bone being tossed to the "unfortunate" to give them the illusion that they're eating the same meal. It's demeaning, imo, to all concerned, and even to the very idea of "The Olympics".
It should be a separate event held under its own moniker. It should have no association with The Olympics at all, imo.
Agreed. It is but a "feel good" event, to allow less-abled athletes have their moment of glory.
If it were to be taken seriously, every event should field only competitors of similar disabilities. In the case of swimming, it would be unreasonable to think the swimmer without arms isn't disadvantaged to the swimmer who is missing a leg.
Less-abled people, athletes or otherwise, are what they are. Saying they are no less able is akin to saying someone who is mentally deficient can function as well as someone of average intelligence. Clearly that isn't the case.
A "Unified Games" is an ill-conceived idea that will never fly. Competing less-able athletes against able-bodied ones by negating the able-bodied's advantages will only serve to emphasise their physical shortcomings and is patronising at best.