Double standards in sport honours, say Paralympians

LEADING Paralympians say they have been discriminated against in the British New Year's honours list which saw cyclist Bradley Wiggins and sailor Ben Ainslie given knighthoods.

Cyclist Sarah Storey was the only Paralympic athlete to be given the top award of a Dame or Knighthood, despite many Paralympians racking up far more gold medals than Wiggins or Ainslie.

Among the most critical was dressage rider Lee Pearson OBE, who said he was "disappointed" not to get a knighthood after winning his 10th gold medal at the London Paralympics.

"It's the discrepancy that pisses me off," Pearson said.

"Obviously 10 gold, one silver and one bronze just isn't enough. I'm disappointed because I do feel I've given a lot to Paralympic sport and equestrianism. I think 10 gold medals is quite an achievement.

"There still seems to be a discrepancy between a Paralympic medal and an Olympic medal. It's tougher to get on in normal life if you've got a disability, and then to do sport on top of that is quite an achievement, I think, but maybe the powers that be don't"

Topics:  new years honours list, paralympics



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