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Belgium sees no point in merging the Olympic and Paralympic Games: 'It will be in the shadows' |  other sports

Belgium sees no point in merging the Olympic and Paralympic Games: ‘It will be in the shadows’ | other sports

At the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, some semi-outdoor sports will be incorporated into the program along with healthy sports. An example of the Olympic and Paralympic Games? Guillaume Joubert, a spokesman for the Belgian Paralympic Committee, “is not a party to the request.”

This is not the first time that semi-athletes have been incorporated into major events. “The perfect example is the World Equestrian Games (or World Equestrian Games), where they actually make this group,” says Guillaume Joubert.

There are also many sports that are partially combined with healthy people. “I think, for example, of tennis: wheelchair tennis players are present at the Grand Slam tournaments. It is still different at the Masters.”

Is there a future in this model? “Little by little you will notice the combination of more sports,” says Joubert. “But we have to be very realistic: a lot of Paralympic sports are becoming more and more professional, which makes it difficult to organize them together.”

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So Joubert is happy with the example of the Commonwealth Games. “I think we’re moving more towards sports where there is some kind of collaboration,” he says.

“Where semi-sports are integrated into the work of the AHA, a positive signal is already being given.”

But expanding this to the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a step too far. Now the Olympic Games are traditionally organized before the Paralympic Games.

“We’re definitely not asking to hold the Olympics and the Paralympics together,” Joubert explains. “It would lower the profile of the Paralympics, because then we would be in the shadow of the Olympics.”

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When semi-sports are integrated into the right federation work, a positive signal is already given

Guillaume Joubert, spokesman for the Belgian Paralympic Committee