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Another Olympic Rant
Apart from undertakers and companies with interests in the weapons industry, it is difficult to imagine who might see any positive benefits from armed conflicts. Well now assorted British sporting associations can be added to this rather short list. According to the BBC News (admittedly not a reliable source) the injured military personnel returning from Afghanistan are to be targeted as potential athletes in the 2012 Para Olympics. If so this is really disgusting.

As I have said before, I find the concept of the Para Olympics to be patronising and insulting. As a disabled person I want to be considered (in my work) on an equal footing with my able bodied colleagues. I would always want to be in a position where I could compete with the able bodied from a position of strength. Not that I am the slightest bit interest in sport, but I would hate to be placed in a separate group, as the athletes in the Para Olympics are separate from the able bodied Olympics.

This would be akin to having a degree qualification for people that are not intelligent enough to pass the standard degree course. Other people see nothing wrong in this, and are happy to go along with this segmentation. However for those of us that try to rise above our disabilities, this is extremely frustrating.

Nevertheless, even if I did not have a problem with the Para Olympics per se, I would certainly have a problem with seeing the disabled service personnel returning to the UK to be a rich hunting ground for potential medal winners in 2012. What kind of twisted logic is this? Anyone that has not previously been interested in sport before being injured is not suddenly going to start being interested, or indeed be any good. Actually I don’t suppose that matters. The British might have been good at inventing sports, but notoriously poor in comparison to the rest of the world.