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Disabled Canadian Athletes Not Receiving Equal Coverage at Paralympics Someone Needs to Explain

Date: 
Monday, September 3, 2012

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians is dismayed and disappointed to learn that no live English television coverage is being given to Canadian athletes competing at the Paralympics in London England.  

The Canadian Blind Sports Association reports that no live or on demand coverage in the English language was given for the opening ceremonies at the Paralympics games presently taking place in London England. Although the opening ceremonies are being telecast both live and in prime time on the RDS2 French network. English coverage of the opening ceremonies is only available in prime time.  This meant that family and friends of Canadian athletes competing in London were unable to see them marching proudly into the stadium behind the Maple Leaf.  Paralympic athletes instead are relegated to having their opening ceremonies telecast in English on a tape delayed basis in prime time and their closing ceremonies telecast on a tape delayed basis in French a day after the event. As if this is not enough, Canadian Blind Sports also reports that none of the goalball games that our competitors will be involved in will be televised; no live or on demand coverage. 

"In these modern times when we take for granted that all athletes will receive equal coverage of their events, Blind Canadians are once again subjected to inequality and they are being shut out.  There is absolutely no excuse for this and I think that our Paralympics Committee has some explaining to do." Says Donna Jodhan National President of the Alliance.  “I am at a loss to understand why this is; our mainstream athletes received prime coverage!  What is different here?”  She adds.

"These Canadian athletes, along with those who are otherwise disabled, deserve our unqualified and complete support as they attempt to achieve their personal best performances. " Adds Bob Fenton president of the Canadian Blind Sports Association. 

The AEBC hopes that in the coming days, someone with the Paralympics organization can help to clear up the mystifying reasons as to why this has been allowed to take place. 

About the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), is a national organization of Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind, and partially-sighted persons. The AEBC is in its 20th year and continues to advocate for the recognition, legitimization, and protection of the rights of its members as outlined under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

CONTACT:

Donna J. Jodhan, National president 

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians / L'Alliance pour l'égalite des personnes aveugle

1-800-561-4774 - djodhan@blindcanadians.ca