Advancing sport opportunities for people with disabilities: from grassroots to elite

David Legg, Mary Dubon, Nick Webborn, Cheri Blauwet

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We are amid a global movement to rectify and address issues related to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility. As a result, disability sport may benefit from the same advances occurring in women's sport - in particular, an increased profile and more parity in financial rewards, which though still not equitable, are improving. One example of this is the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK. These were the first major international multisport games to have equitable competitive opportunities for both women and men, as well as five events for Para sport that were full medal status. Other alterations in sport such as the addition of 'Paralympic' to the official name of the 'United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee', the increased prevalence of Special Olympic Unified Sports opportunities across communities, and an increasingly closer working relationship between the IOC and International Paralympic Committee are perhaps signs of greater inclusion to come.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1266-1267
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2022


  • disabled persons
  • economics


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