U.S. Swimmer Becca Meyers Withdraws From Tokyo Paralympic Games After Being Told She Can’t Bring a Personal Care Assistant
Deaf and blind swimmer Becca Meyers from Baltimore has pulled out of the Paralympics after being told the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee will not allow her to bring her mother to Tokyo as her personal care assistant.
Meyers is a six-time Paralympic medalist and multi time ESPY award winner. Meyers was born with Usher syndrome, which has caused her to be deaf since birth. She is also losing her vision due to a disease called retinitis pigmentosa.
Meyers tweeted the following statement on Tuesday.
Heartbroken to share that I’m withdrawing from the Tokyo Paralympic Games. The USOPC has repeatedly denied my reasonable and essential accommodation because of my disability, leaving me no choice. Full statement below: pic.twitter.com/p9tKsbPip2
— Becca Meyers (@becca_meyers) July 20, 2021
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee released a statement in response that said, “The safety, well-being and positive experience of all Team USA athletes is our number one priority,” and “We take pride in being the best-prepared [national Olympic committee] and [national Paralympic committee] in the world, and that includes supporting all athletes as they navigate the excitement, and complexity, of the Olympic or Paralympic Games.”