Sharapova says critics 'don't have the facts'

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Tennis star Maria Sharapova, who was banned from the sport for 15 months for doping, has hit back at her critics, saying they “don’t have the facts”.

The former world number one was suspended last year after she admitted taking the banned substance meldonium.

She has been widely criticised. Fellow player Eugenie Bouchard saying she should not have been allowed to return.

But in a BBC interview, Sharapova denied cheating and said she had put the scandal behind her.

In April, Bouchard had said: “She’s a cheater and I don’t think a cheater in any sport should be allowed to play again.”

But Sharapova told the BBC: “I think those are comments not based on facts, and therefore I don’t take them into consideration.”

The Russian player, who has just released her memoir Unstoppable, My Life So Far, also took aim at Andy Murray. The British player has previously said he finds it strange that there is a prescription drug – meldonium – used to treat a heart condition commonly shared by many athletes at the top of their sport.

Sharapova said: “I don’t think it’s for them to really have an opinion, because they don’t have the facts. So, you know, I think that those are the types of words that make headlines and they will be used as headlines.

“But ultimately, this is my career, and I faced it head on, and I admitted my mistake, and I went about it and I served my suspension and now I’m back.”

She admitted making “a big mistake” by taking the drug, which she says she has been taking since 2006 for health issues. It became a banned substance on 1 January 2016.

However, she questioned whether it should be banned, saying there is “no proof” of its performance-enhancing effects.

“The problem I have with that is there’s no proof of what it does, and no one can give you that proof. What is the ban based on?” she said.

It’s thought the drug could have a positive effect on an athlete’s stamina and endurance.

What else did Maria Sharapova say?

  • On moving to the US aged six: “It was a crazy journey. I took up the language very fast and I was around kids that spoke English. I never really went to school to study English. I watched Barney and all these little cartoons.”
  • On first watching the Williams sisters: “My father told me, you gotta watch and you gotta study them. And I was like, no, I don’t want them to see me studying them! There was a shed behind the court they were practising on, and I watched them through this little peephole.”
  • On equal pay in tennis: “As women athletes we’ve faced roadblocks. We still face roadblocks, we still face criticism, we still have a long way to go but we keep fighting for it. By our actions on the court and by our professionalism.”

The Unstoppable Sharapova?, a BBC News Special, will air on the BBC News Channel on 15 September at 21:30 BST and on BBC World News on 16 September.

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Jarrod Poort Accepts One-Year Suspension for Missed Doping Tests

Photo Courtesy: Simon Watts/Open Water Source

Jarrod Poort, the Australian open water swimmer best-known for building and then losing a huge lead in the men’s 10k final at the Rio Olympics, has accepted a one-year suspension from the sport as a result of three missed doping tests.

Poort’s suspension began earlier this month. It was reported in May that Poort and fellow Aussie Olympians Madeline Groves and Thomas Fraser-Holmes were all facing possible suspensions on account of missing three drug test each.

Fraser-Holmes was handed a one-year suspension in early June, while nothing has been announced regarding Groves. Groves has stated that one of her missed tests occurred when drug testers did not properly seek her out while she was at a training camp in San Diego, Calif., in the United States.

Read the full press release from Swimming Australia announcing Poort’s suspension below:

Swimming Australia can confirm that Jarrod Poort has accepted a 12-month anti-doping sanction for Whereabouts breaches. This sanction was imposed on Mr. Poort by Swimming Australia following a recommendation by the ASADA CEO under the terms of the National Anti-Doping scheme. The sanction commenced on 5 September 2017 and concludes on 5 September 2018.

Swimming Australia CEO, Mark Anderson said that Australian swimming had long been a strong and vocal advocate for clean sport, both in Australia and internationally.

“We fully support all anti-doping policies and our athletes understand that the rules in place to ensure that all athletes must be available for testing at their designated location and time are a very important element of anti-doping policies,” Mr. Anderson said.

“The Australian Dolphins Swim Team has worked hard to develop a culture of professionalism and respect within the team. Part of that professionalism is ensuring each athlete is accountable and responsible for accurately providing their locations so testers can access them when required and it is extremely disappointing that this has not occurred as it should have.

“Both Swimming Australia and our athletes have been very clear on our position both here in Australia and internationally. Jarrod has taken responsibility for his filing errors and we continue to work with and support Jarrod as best we can to support him through this process. Jarrod has accepted responsibility and understands the impacts of his actions. Whilst clearly this is a very disappointing situation for Jarrod and swimming, we need to reiterate that this is not a positive result and his ownership and acceptance of the situation is admirable.”

Under the terms of the Anti-Doping Policy, for the duration of the sanction Jarrod cannot:

    • compete in any Swimming Australia sanctioned events, nor the events of other organisations that would be considered to be at a similar level, nor other sports.
    • receive funding from Swimming Australia or the Australian Institute of Sport
    • train in any Swimming Australia funded programs.
    • participate in or attend any Swimming Australia training camps
    • be involved in sport in any type of administrator role (eg coach, volunteer, manager etc).

Poort accepted the sanction and said, “At the end of the day people make mistakes and that’s what I did.”

“It was remiss of me to neglect a management system that must be shown the full respect it deserves and it is a very embarrassing situation to now be in.

“The Whereabouts system is one of the tools that aids in keeping legitimacy in the sport that myself and so many others love and spend so much time in, and as such it needs to be treated with precision and respect.

“Dealing with, and getting my head around the whole situation that has been ongoing since February has been a very tough period of time for myself. At times, I wasn’t myself; however I’ve had some great friends and family around to help support and navigate me through it all.

“Now, facing one year ineligibility for this, from the sport and a way of life I’ve dedicated so much to over the past years, it has been a very tough pill to swallow, however I’ve chose to accept and respect the situation.

“A mentor that I look up to recently said to me – “Simply wanting or yearning for a new way will not produce it, you need to end the old way(s) first.”

“So, I am taking this in my stride, learning from it, then putting it behind me and turning the year of ineligibility into a learning tool for becoming ‘Jarrod who can also swim’ and not just ‘Jarrod the swimmer,’ and focusing on some of my other life aspirations.”

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Recap of the Jackson Hole Marathon + Heart Rate Training

Angie at Jackson Hole MarathonIn this episode Angie recaps the Jackson Hole Marathon in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming plus she explains how to run a marathon according to your heart rate.

Jackson is a town in Wyoming’s Jackson Hole valley, home to 3 ski areas, hiking, fishing, and water sports. One iconic part of the Town Square features arches made of shed antlers from the nearby National Elk Refuge. To the North are the peaks of Grand Teton National Park as well as vast Yellowstone National Park. Elevation is around 6,200 feet and the area has about 10,000 residents.

Pre Race Happenings

I flew into Jackson Hole the day before the race and met my friend Adrianne who was going to run her first half marathon. We ate lunch at Snake River Brewing CO then went to packet pick-up at Spring Hill Suites which was very quick and easy.

The 7th edition of the Jackson Hole Marathon, Hole Half Marathon and Relay was held on Sept 2, 2017 at 7am. These races are put on by Dreamchaser Events and the race director is Jay Batchen with Lisa Smith-Batchen. The course is USATF certified and run on paved pathways and roads.

With Lisa Smith-Batchen

Race Morning

We stayed at the Mountain Modern Motel which was an easy walk to the town center and starting line. The half marathon started in a different location. You could catch a shuttle to the starting line from the Teton Village.

It was a clear and cool morning in the low 40’s. I got to meet MTA podcast fan John Danby who is a local and fellow Marathon Maniac.

With MTA fan John Danby

The Course:

The entire course is run on paved roads and/or paved pathways, with the exception of a tenth of a mile near the finish Line, which is run over grass (and is slightly uphill).

There were some slight inclines but no major hills. The best part was gorgeous views of the mountains the whole time, “breathtakingly beautiful”.

This is not a marathon if you need a lot of spectators. But I saw eagles, cattle and horses and enjoyed talking to runners along the way. It was a well marked course with mile marker signs every mile.

  • The race starts in historic downtown Jackson Hole. After running by the National Elk Refuge within the first mile it passes through through East Jackson and by the Snow King Ski Hill before joining the Community Pathway system.
  • Runners then head south of town and follow South Park Loop Road, that has majestic views of the Teton Valley, before joining the pathway again along Highway 22 heading west into the small of Wilson.
  • From Wilson, the Community Pathway takes runners toward the Grand Teton and the Finish Line at Teton Village, home of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and the iconic Red Tram and Clock Tower.

Around mile 24. Photo credit: Jackson Hole Marathon

Aid Stations:

This is a cup free event to reduce waste and littering. Gels, sports drinks, candy, and electrolytes were offered at select aid stations. My favorite was the beer stop at mile 25.

I used my faithful Generation UCAN for fuel- and had a snack bar pre-race and 2 servings of mix during race. Also used electrolytes and stayed well hydrated to balance out the warm day and elevation. Use the code MTAJHM for 15% off on Ucan.

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Finish Line:

My finish time was 5:19:42 for my 49th marathon and 38th state. Each runner got a box of food, water, soda or beer from Snake River Brewing CO.

There were 193 half marathon and 208 marathon. The 1st place man was Kyle Baldwin 2:54 and 1st woman was Emily Jurlina in 3:29:48. Accomplished ultramarathoner and local, Pam Reed, finished in 3:45.

Here’s what my 50 state marathon quest looks like now:

My recovery:

One of the great things about running according to heart rate and taking it easy was how fast I recovered. I wore compression pants post-race and by the second day didn’t even feel like I’d run a marathon. So, in this podcast episode you will hear me discuss how to run a marathon according to your heart rate.

My friend and I went white water rafting on the Snake River the next morning (good cold therapy) before driving several hours up to Montana.

One challenging thing for new marathoners and experienced ones alike is taking their ego out of the equation. Often 1st time marathoners set their minds on a challenging time goal and can deal with extreme disappointment if the race doesn’t go according to plan.

For more experience marathoners there is certainly a pressure that we put on ourselves to keep getting PR’s. But if you run a large number of marathons that simply won’t happen every time. It’s more important to go into the race with a realistic idea of what your body can do and what your goals are for the race. If you’re coming back after a long break, if you’ve been struggling with injury or if you had less than ideal training, running according to your heart rate can be a great solution.

What is heart rate training?

Heart rate training is simply using a heart rate monitor while running to tell you how hard your heart is working during the activity and then modifying your effort according to your goals. Keeping tabs on your heart rate can help keep you from making a very common mistake: running to hard too often which can increase your risk of injury and burnout.

What gear do you need?

If you want to run according to heart rate you’ll need a heart rate monitor. I used to use a chest strap but for the last couple of years have loved the Garmin Forerunner 225 with the wrist based HR monitor (no more chaffing chest straps). However, be aware that heart rate monitors can often give you a faulty reading due to a poor connection so it’s important to watch the trends over time and know what is normal for your body.

Finding your heart rate zones

With most GPS watches you’ll be asked to enter a user profile including gender, age, height, and weight (sometimes resting heart rate). From there it will calculate your maximum heart rate and zones according to the watch’s algorhythms.

  • For example here are the Garmin ones: Zone 5 (maximum) 90-100% of MHR, Zone 4 (Threshold) 80-90% MHR, Zone 3 (Aerobic) 70-80%, Zone 2 (Easy) 60-70%, and Zone 1 (Warm up) 50-60%. While these zones are not 100% accurate they are a good estimation of your zones. The most accurate method to obtain your personal metrics is to visit an exercise laboratory and have an exercise physiologist perform a maximum exercise test (usually done on a treadmill).

To calculate my zone 2, I like to use the Maffetone Method which has the mantra “speed up by slowing down.” With this formula you take 180-age= max zone 2 (10 below for range): 180-38= 142 (132-142 bpm is my zone 2). For more info visit his website (links with the show notes) or check out The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing.

When looking at heart rate training be aware that there are many factors that impact heart rate.

  • Dehydration can increase the heart rate by up to 7.5%, heat and humidity can also increase heart rate by 10 beats per minute,
  • Lack of sleep will elevate your heart rate 5-10 bpm,
  • Altitude can increase the heart rate by 10-20%.
  • Biological variations like stress and hormone levels can cause day to day changes from 2-4 beats per minute.
  • In addition, other factors like allergies, illness, pain, caffeine intake and certain medications will skew the numbers you see on the monitor.

See our podcast episode about Heart Rate Training.

Replay Episode: How Heart Rate Training Works

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Marshall University Adds Kaitlyn Ferguson As New Head Assistant

Photo Courtesy: Marshall Athletics

The Marshall University swimming and diving program and head coach Bill Tramel have announced the addition of Kaitlyn Ferguson as the new head assistant coach.

Ferguson joins the Thundering Herd after three seasons as an assistant coach at Penn State of the Big Ten Conference. During that span, Penn State enjoyed two straight Top 20 NCAA finishes and a third season in the Top 25. Penn State garnered multiple NCAA first-team All-American honors and an individual Big Ten Champion.

“I can not be happier to add Kaitlyn to our staff,” Tramel said. “When I first met Kaitlyn, I sensed an immediate chemistry. She is smart and thinks like a champion, qualities I value. She is a winner, a Big Ten Champion and she shares my vision for our team. Kaitlyn understands what it takes to achieve lofty goals because she has been successful so many times herself. I have no doubt Kaitlyn will be an excellent partner in our chase for a Conference USA team championship.”

Ferguson began her coaching career with the Badger Swim Club in New York. While working with the elite senior team she coached a variety of swimmers ranging from sectional qualifiers to Olympic trial qualifiers. She served as head coach for the Badger Swim Club at USA Junior Nationals.

“I am incredibly excited to be joining the Marshall University Swim and Dive staff,” Ferguson said. “I think that this is a very exhilarating chapter in the history of Marshall Swimming and Diving and I would like to thank Coach Tramel for inviting me to be a part of it.”

As a swimmer, Ferguson was a two-time US Olympic Trials qualifier in both backstrokes in 2004 and 2008. Her highest Olympic Trials finish was 17th. During her collegiate career, Ferguson competed four years at Penn State University and was a member of the 2006 Big Ten Championship team. Ferguson was an NCAA Championship qualifier where she earned honorable mention All-America honors.  A native of Mamaroneck, N.Y., Ferguson earned a degree in kinesiology from Penn State.

Press release courtesy of Marshall University.

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Rory McIlroy needs top-four BMW finish to maintain play-offs hopes

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy heads into this week’s BMW Championship in Illinois needing a top-four finish to retain any hopes of repeating his 2016 FedEx Cup triumph.

McIlroy is 51st in the play-offs standings and only the top 30 on Sunday evening will go forward to next week’s Tour Championship finale in Atlanta.

His winless 2017 has seen him drop to sixth in the world rankings.

McIlroy, 28, landed last year’s Tour Championship which clinched him a £7.8m bonus as he won the FedEx Cup series.

The four-time major winner plans to contest next month’s pro-am format Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland with his father Gerry before calling time on a frustrating campaign.

This week’s event at Conway Mills will be his final tournament in the US this year if he doesn’t qualify for the Tour Championship.

McIlroy has played only 15 events in an injury-plagued season and plans to take several months off to fully recover from a lingering rib injury after competing in Scotland.

The Northern Irishman will tee off alongside Scotland’s Martin Laird and American Ollie Schniederjans in his first round at 17:11 BST on Thursday.

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Commit Swimming Set Of The Week: Mid D Stroke/IM Work

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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Welcome to Swimming World’s Set of the Week sponsored by Commit Swimming.com! This week’s set is an aerobic stroke set that is great to use with your mid-distance or IM group. Take a look at the set below and description that follows:

3 Rounds:

2 x 125’s as 50 stroke kick/50 stroke drill/25 stroke build on 1:40

3 x 150’s as 100 free/:10 rest/50 stroke fast on 2:10

4 x 50’s stroke middle 25 fast on :50

8 x 25’s on :30 as

ODD: fast underwater, fast breakout to ½ pool then easy

EVEN: drill to ½ pool, then build to fast finish

50 easy

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The set begins with 2 x 125’s as 50 kick, 50 stroke drill, and a 25 stroke build. Following that are 3 x150’s as 100 free moderate, :10 rest on the wall, and a 50 of their stroke fast. Next are 4 x 50’s focusing on a fast middle 25 with a great turn, and each round ends with 8 x 25’s alternating between working on fast breakouts and fast finishes.

The set is written as three times through above, which allows your IMer’s to do one round of each stroke. For mid-distance stroke swimmers, it may be helpful to do rounds one and three their main stroke and the second round either a secondary stroke or freestyle. Overall this is a great set to get some focused stroke work in that will keep your athletes engaged with also getting in a good amount of aerobic work. Happy Swimming!

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It’s Officially Official: The Summer Olympics are Headed Back to Los Angeles in 2028

The International Olympic Committee has selected Los Angeles as the Host City of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, returning the Summer Games to the United States for the first time since Atlanta 1996. The City of Angels will be hosting the Olympics for the third time (1932, 1984, 2028) and the Paralympics for the first time.

At the IOC Session in Lima, IOC members unanimously voted to ratify a tripartite agreement between the IOC and the cities of LA and Paris, with the 2024 Games going to Paris and 2028 Games to LA. The agreement follows the IOC members’ unanimous approval at the July 2017 Extraordinary IOC Session for the simultaneous election of the host cities of the 2024 and 2028 Games.

In its final presentation to the IOC today, LA 2028 highlighted the City of Angels’ plan to create a New Games for a New Era by harnessing LA’s unparalleled creative, storytelling assets to deliver the world’s greatest sporting event in a low-risk, fiscally responsible and sustainable way.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States. For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels. LA loves the Olympics because the Games have lifted up our city twice before. But to us the Games have always represented an even brighter future and the chance to harness the power of sport and the Olympic Movement again to inspire the next generation – for the next 11 years and beyond.”

LA 2028 Chairman Casey Wasserman said: “This 11-year agreement with the IOC is the ultimate validation of LA 2028’s New Games for a New Era, and Los Angeles’ vision for the future. As a team and as a city, we could not be more excited to be entering into this long-term partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic movements, and with one of the great cities of the world, Paris. This will be an extraordinary collaboration that secures the future of the Movement for generations. Now LA 2028 has a golden opportunity, with four more years to prepare and a $2 billion contribution from the IOC, to redefine how hosting the Games can benefit host communities.”

United States Olympic Committee Chairman and U.S. IOC Member Larry Probst said: “Today is one of the most significant days in the history of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements – and it’s one we’ve been waiting to celebrate for many years. Los Angeles’ Games plan is second to none and will have a far-reaching impact domestically and abroad. This visionary dual award will no doubt provide an era of unprecedented strength and stability for the global Olympic and Paralympic movements, and the LA Games will absolutely fulfill their promise of being a New Games for a New Era.”

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said: “A Games on home soil is an extremely special opportunity that will allow us to grow and serve the Olympic and Paralympic movements for decades to come. We couldn’t have found a better partner than Los Angeles to give a new generation of American athletes and fans the experience of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. I look forward to seeing the innovation, imagination and sustainability Los Angeles will use over the next 11 years to create and deliver something truly magical.”

Los Angeles and the USOC jointly launched the LA bid on Sept. 1, 2015, and shifted the candidature from 2024 to 2028 on July 31, 2017, after coming to terms with the IOC. Under the revised Host City Contract, LA 2028 is able to invest up to $160 million to increase youth sports access and participation in Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games. The new Host City Contract will also provide LA 2028 with an 80 percent share of any Games surplus and an IOC contribution of $2 billion. In August, the LA City Council and USOC board approved the updated agreement.

The bid has been overwhelmingly supported in the city of Los Angeles, the state of California and throughout the entire United States.

U.S. IOC Executive Board Member and LA 2028 Senior Advisor for Legacy Anita DeFrantz said: “I couldn’t be more proud that my beloved city will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028. The Olympic Games are intimately woven into the history of this ever-evolving city – it is part of what defines us. Just as we reimagine ourselves and our stories daily, we are ready to redefine the Games once again, not only for our own benefit, but for the prosperity of this critically important movement. These Games will build on the legacy that began in 1932 and was cemented in 1984, and will touch the lives of Angelenos and Americans for decades to come.”

U.S. IOC Executive Board Member and LA 2028 Chief Strategy Officer Angela Ruggiero said: “Los Angeles has always been a committed partner to the Olympic and Paralympic movements. This city – which played a critical role in my Olympic journey – is home to some of the world’s most creative, athletic and innovative people. Our diversity is our strength, and LA is uniquely and perfectly suited to welcome the world with open arms once again. It is an amazing and defining honor for a city to host the Games, and Los Angeles stands ready to surpass all expectations in 2028.”

The above press release courtesy of United States Olympic Committee

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Newly Elected IPC President Congratulates Paris 2024 and LA 2028

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The President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Andrew Parsons has sent his congratulations to Paris and Los Angeles after they were announced on Wednesday (13 September) as the host cities of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games respectively.

Parsons is in Lima, Peru, attending the 131st International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session, just five days after succeeding Sir Philip Craven as IPC President.

 “I am greatly excited at what Paris 2024 and LA 2028 can do in terms of growing the Paralympic Movement and would like to send my heartfelt congratulations to both cities,” said Parsons. “Both Paris and LA presented tremendous integrated bids and what I like about each host city is that they offer different opportunities for the Paralympic Movement.

“Paris 2024 has a very strong desire to surpass London 2012 and stage the best Paralympic Games in history. Looking at what they presented here in Lima I really believe they can do it, however the benchmark will likely be raised by Tokyo in three years’ time. The Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will undoubtedly lead to social transformation and most certainly will make France an even stronger and more competitive player in Paralympic sport, especially with the development of France’s first Paralympic youth training centre.

“With 11 years still to go until the LA 2028 Paralympics we have to go all out to ensure that these are the Games where the Paralympic Movement finally makes a breakthrough in the USA.  This is a huge opportunity for us to engage the US market in terms of awareness, spectator numbers, TV viewership, commercial support and participation; it is an opportunity that we have to grasp with both hands.

“The US market in terms of awareness is still fairly under developed compared to other markets around the world.  We must seize this opportunity so that as many people as possible in the US are aware of the Paralympic Games and the impact they can have in transforming society,” he added.

Parsons was also full of praise for the IOC’s decision to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games at the same time.

“When you have two outstanding bids for a Games, it makes sense that there are two winners and I think the decision to award 2024 and 2028 together is a wise and astute move,” said Parsons. “It is thanks to our relationship with the IOC that the Paralympics is the event it is today, and I look forward to working with the IOC in the coming years to further develop the Games.

“Announcing two host cities at once will also help with our long-term planning.  I hope that by working closely with Paris 2024 and LA 2028 we can ensure that these Games do not just bring the world’s best Para athletes together, but also help bring the whole world together in terms of spectators and TV viewers.

“For 2020, 2024 and 2028 I want the number of countries competing to increase at each edition and I also want to ensure that developing nations have the capacity and infrastructure to produce a greater number of quality athletes who can qualify for the Games.

“By giving more athletes and more countries the opportunity to participate in the Paralympic Games we can offer a greater boost to Para sport in each and every country.”
Chelsey Gotell, the Chairperson of the IPC Athletes’ Council, said: “On behalf of all Paralympic athletes, I congratulate Paris 2024 and LA 2028 on being successfully awarded the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Both bids showcased distinct and unique elements to their presentation on the delivery of the Paralympic Games that I am confident will propel the Movement and our athletes to new heights.

“Each set of Games has the potential to not just host an incredible sporting event, but to leave their mark on fostering dialogue and concrete opportunities for a more inclusive and accessible society.”

Press release courtesy of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) 

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