Rebecca Meyers, the six-time Paralympic medalist swimmer has withdrawn her candidature from Tokyo 2020 over a dispute with authority. The three golds winning champion from the 2016 Rio games has withdrawn her name from the team USA competing for this summer Olympic after United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) didn’t allow her to take personal care assistant (PCA) in Tokyo with her.
The 26 years old deaf and blind swimmer was expected to compete in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics for up to four medals. But Meyer informed the team USA that she was quitting, after being instructed that she could not bring her mother Maria Meyers, who is also her PCA, to help her navigate through the Olympic facilities in Tokyo. According to her statement in the Washington Post, she made this difficult decision to effect immediate change against long-going discriminatory practices within the Olympics process.
The Cause Behind
Last June, USOPC informed Mark Meyers, Becca’s father, that the Japanese Government and the Tokyo 2020 organizers have prohibited her to bring a PCA to Tokyo, due to newly set Covid-19 regulations, which are under effect by strictly limiting travel allowances in the country as an Olympic Delegate. The committee also noted that one authorized PCA will be accompanying the 34-member USA Paralympic Swimming Team along with six team coaches to assist the competitors in their personal needs. But, sources from Meyers’s side have blamed USOPC for the entire debacle, believing that the committee simply did not choose to allocate Maria Meyers one of its limited ‘essential personnel slots’.
Meyer’s Rare Condition
Meyers was deaf at birth, due to ‘Usher Syndrome’, a rare genetic disorder, which has also eroded her eyesight gradually. She is not completely blind, but according to the Washington Post report, her eyesight has recently been downgraded to the middle-class Paralympic classification of S12 from the least-impaired classification of S13. Paralympians with S11 designation are categorized as completely blind or almost close to being one. Meyers was the only swimmer among the 34 members on Team USA, who is both blind and deaf.
Jeremy Lin Puts NBA Franchises On Notice As He Leaves The Chinese Basketball Association
Jeremy Lin broke basketball fans hearts when he left the NBA for China in 2019. After taking time away, Jeremy Lin is putting NBA franchises on notice as he announces his plans to leave the Chinese Basketball Association.
Shining In China
Following his 2019 championship-winning season with the Raptors, Lin found himself looking for a new NBA franchise. With no one willing to take a gamble on the star, he decided to prove himself in China with the Beijing Ducks. Lin has been proving his doubters wrong throughout his career, so this was nothing new to the point guard.
With a team-high average points of 22.3, Lin showed he is too good for the CBA, especially when adding his 5.6 assists and 5.7 rebounds average to his stats. With Lin shining in China, he was left with a tough choice; does he carry on in Asia or return for another shot at the NBA?
Lin released a statement to the Chinese social media site Weibo, with the point guard saying he had to make the hardest decision of his life. The star admitted that he would wake up in the middle of the night “thinking, thinking, and thinking all the time.” He was thinking about his NBA dreams and how they hadn’t disappeared. Lin won’t be staying in China, and he’s going to chase his dream to play in the NBA once more.
Fans of the NBA will remember Lin’s special 2011-12 Knick season when he took the league by storm. It was dubbed ‘Linsanity,’ and he provided some much-needed excitement for basketball fans in New York at the time. Perhaps he can do it once again.
Jeremy Lin could be a pretty safe option for several NBA franchises next season. He would be a reliable option from the bench, and due to uncertain finances, he wouldn’t be a huge risk for franchises.