Journalist asks if pregnant athlete now qualifies as ‘disabled’

// 23 June 2012

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As you know, the Olympics and Paralympics begin next month, and the media interest is increasing accordingly.

Craig Spence, the director of media and communications at the International Paralympic Committee, tweeted on his own personal account yesterday that he had just been asked “the most stupid question I have ever received from a journalist in [his] entire lifetime”, and proceeded to elaborate:

“There is a shooter from Malaysia who’s qualified for the Olympics and is now pregnant. Does she now have to compete in the Paralympics?”

Words fail me. (Incidentally, Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi is currently seven months pregnant so it’s hardly breaking news.)

Photo courtesy of London 2012

Comments From You

Philippa Willitts // Posted 23 June 2012 at 12:05 pm

This is so offensive! Not only is pregnancy not a disability, the question also implies that the Paralympics is some kind of ‘step down’ from the Olympics, where Olympic athletes go if they can’t quite manage the ‘real’ Olympics.

Alasdair // Posted 24 June 2012 at 4:53 pm

Would being pregnant really make her any worse at rifle shooting, anyway? Obviously, in many sports it would be an impediment, but it seems unlikely to make much difference in that one.

lil1 // Posted 24 June 2012 at 4:57 pm

I just wanted to pop on and say that women sprint, breakdance, and have run marathons heavily pregnant, and have healthy babies. The sexism and stupidity baffles! Pregnacy is NOT a disability.

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