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  • #ICYMI: Hamilton 2026 Deadline; IPC vs. Athlete Groups; Paralympics Film


    08/30/20

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    Hamilton, Ontario was asked to change its bid from 2030 to 2026 in April. (Wikipedia)
    (ATR) The Hamilton 2026 bid team says there is too much work to do and it will miss an end of September deadline giving it exclusive rights to bid on the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

    The Commonwealth Games Federation, which convinced Hamilton to pivot from 2030 to 2026 in April following the decision by Adelaide, Australia in September 2019 to withdraw its bid, had given the Canadian city until the end of September to secure local, provincial and federal support for the project.

    The admission of the missed deadline was part of a letter sent by Hamilton 2026 chair Lou Frapporti to Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger and city council members that included detailed answers to nine questions raised during the bid team’s presentation on August 10.

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    IPC at Odds With Athlete Groups

    Athlete groups want all qualified athletes reinstated. (Basketball Victoria)
    (ATR) Athlete groups call for the reinstatement of all wheelchair basketball athletes for Tokyo 2020, saying they have rightfully qualified.

    In an open letter to the International Paralympic Committee, the five athlete organizations said “the exclusion of individual athletes after the completion of the qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Games is illegal and violates the athlete’s fundamental rights” according to the IPC Athlete Classification Code.

    The organizations – AthletesCAN, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee Athletes’ Advisory Council, Global Athlete, NOC*NSF Athletes Committee, and Athleten Deutschland e.V. – say wheelchair basketball players are being placed in the middle of a governance dispute between the IPC and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF)

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    Promotional poster for "Rising Phoenix"(Facebook)
    Netflix Shines Light on Paralympic Movement

    (ATR) "Rising Phoenix" highlights the struggles and successes of the Paralympic Movement.

    The Netflix documentary includes the rejection by the Soviet Union to host the Paralympics for Moscow 1980 and also London 2012, the most successful Paralympic Games. It also covers the threat of cancellation for Rio 2016.

    The streaming platform releases the film globally on Wednesday.

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