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Malaysia’s Chew Wei Lun plays a shot during a gold medal Boccia match at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Boccia is only one of three summer Paralympic sports where athletes can compete while using a powerchair. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

After the Paralympics: New initiative to get more Canadians involved in power wheelchair sports

Within the parasport community itself, inclusivity and access is a real issue, especially for those who do not fit the mold of how we think an athlete “should” look or move.
Canada’s Zak Madell (right) and France’s Jonathan Hivernat (left) compete during a semifinal wheelchair rugby match at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

#WeThe15 was misguided in using the Tokyo Paralympic Games to launch a disability inclusion revolution

The #WeThe15 movement is rooted in good intention and falls short in a big way by using the Paralympic Games as a backdrop to its launch.
Manuela Schaer of Switzerland, right, and Tatyana McFadden of the United States, second from right, compete in the women’s 1500m wheelchair racing T54 final during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Games. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Paralympians still don’t get the kind of media attention they deserve as elite athletes

The media determines how Paralympians are depicted to viewers. What it chooses to focus on can help change attitudes about disability.
Australia’s Ahmed Kelly is participating in the Tokyo Games, his third Paralympics. PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Tokyo 2020: does the Paralympics empower disabled people?

The Paralympics are the stage for a battle between the exclusivity of elite sport and the inclusivity the movement aims to nurture. Can the event effect true social change?
Wheelchair tennis players benefit from greater support than other sports in dealing with hot conditions. dpa picture alliance archive / Alamy Stock Photo

Tokyo Paralympics: how Paralympians are affected by the heat

As the Summer Games warm up, more research is needed on how heat acclimation can help Paralympians in particular prepare for extreme conditions
Reid Watts of Canada competes in the first round of the men’s luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Do the Olympics still matter?

The Olympics have been plagued by doping, corruption and political problems. But academic and former Olympian Bruce Kidd says the Olympic Games are still an important humanitarian movement.

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