Paralympics: 'It will be harder for disabled people to get into sport in the future', says Disability Rights UK

Paralympics: 'It will be harder for disabled people to get into sport in the future', says Disability Rights UK

The Paralympics begins tonight

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

With the Paralympics about to begin, the Deputy Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK warns that as funding for the disabled is cut, less people will be able to take part in sport 

The opening ceremony will take place tonight at 9:30pm, with the competition running until September 18th. There have been concerns over ticket sales in light of empty seats at the Olympics, but after last-minute changes stands the stadia should be fairly full. A total of 145,000 tickets sold within 24 hours, which was a record for the Paralympics.

Sarah Bott told Julia Hartley-Brewer just how important the Paralympics is. 

"I think they're really important not only in raising awareness but also in celebrating the success of disabled Paralympians who really work hard.

"What's important is getting over the message that to take part you don't have to be absolutely perfect, brilliant, a winner all the time, anyone can get involved in sport.

"Disabled people do need additional support to be able to participate in everyday life and in sport, and unfortunately in the last few years that additional support has been more and more cut back," Bott said. "It will be harder for disabled people to get into sport in the future."

Listen to the full interview to find out more