The fiddle of using the Paralympic Games as a vehicle for expanding [dis]ability sport participation

Howe, P.D. and Silva, C.F. ORCID: 0000-0003-3643-8293, 2016. The fiddle of using the Paralympic Games as a vehicle for expanding [dis]ability sport participation. Sport in Society. ISSN 1743-0437

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In this paper we highlight the need to explore the excessive significance given to the Paralympic Games as a vehicle for the encouragement of participation of people with a disability within sport. The media spectacle around the games that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has worked tirelessly to develop has become, for policy makers and the public alike, a sufficient outlet for disability sport provision. We argue that the honourable goals of the IPC articulated through the ethos of Paralympism have been assumed to be valid for all people with a disability, yet in terms of widening participation, their utility is limited, as the Paralympics themselves are exclusionary. This paper first illuminates the relationship between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the IPC before we turn our attention to the ethos of Paralympism. Highlighting the necessity for 'sport for all' we show how a human rights lens, aided by a capabilities approach can facilitate better ways to educate the public about the need for equality of access to sporting participation opportunities.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sport in Society
Creators: Howe, P.D. and Silva, C.F.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2016
ISSN: 1743-0437
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 10 Nov 2016 11:33
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2018 03:00

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