Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Paralympics

The Paralympics are on. You wouldn't know it from the all press they aren't getting. And that's as it should be.

The thing is, sport is about physical excellence. The Paralympics aren't. If they were, they'd be open to able athletes too. This is not to say something like wheelchair basketball isn't exciting or impressive, but it isn't world-class unless all the athletes in the world can compete for a spot.

Excellence is about producing results. It doesn't matter why an athlete doesn't produce excellent results. It only matters that he doesn't.

A division in sport between the sexes makes sense. Women are inherently different than men. To admit a similar split between able and disabled athletes is to say that the disabled are inherently different. That won't do.

So when it comes down to it, the Paralympics are a bit like Jeopardy for the not-so-clever. Play along if you want, just don't expect anybody to watch.

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