How disabled do you have to be to compete in the paralympics?

Question by Groatsy: How disabled do you have to be to compete in the paralympics?
I am deaf in one ear, and wear a hearing aid to correct this. Would I be able to compete in the paralympics if I tried?

I cant find any guidelines of entry anywhere…

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Answer by jon.nichols
Check this site:
http://www.paralympic.org/release/Main_Sections_Menu/Contacts/National_Paralympic_Committees_NPCs/index.html

The National Paralympic Committee listing…just pick the country you are from and call the contact information listed. They should be able to help you with your question.

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One Response to “How disabled do you have to be to compete in the paralympics?”

  1. The_Mouse says:

    It is not as simple as “I want to compete in the Paralympics” and you will get in. This is as elite as the Olympics and you have to be top of your sport.

    The first thing you will need to d is ask yourself – what sport are you going to participate in? Then check with the peak body of that sport as to how the selection process to compete (for that sport) in the Paralympics.
    After that – practice and compete hard for the next eight years and become good at the sport.

    However, your description of your deafness sounds like (no pun intended) you might not be classified as “disabling” enough to be considered a disabled athlete.

    But… enquire – doesn’t hurt to look into it.


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