Sumary of Denied Assistant, U.S. Paralympian Drops Out of Games Three-time gold medal swimmer U.S. Paralympian Becca Meyers, who is deaf and blind, is dropping out of the Tokyo Games because she is not allowed to bring her personal care assistant.:
- July 22, 2021 — U.S. Paralympian Becca Meyers, a three-time gold medal swimmer who is deaf and blind, announced this week that she’s dropping out of the Tokyo Games.
- Paralympic Committee denied her request to bring her personal care assistant to Japan.
- A staff personal care assistant will be available to help, she added, but will be on call for the full U.S. Paralympic swim team with 34 athletes, including nine other visually impaired athletes.
- Meyers wrote that the committee has allowed her to bring a personal care assistant — her mother — to international meets since 2017. With COVID-19 safety measures and limits to non-essential staff in Tokyo, however, a personal care assistant isn’t allowed.
- ” Most events are being held without spectators, and there are major limitations to “foreign delegations,” including personal care assistants.
- As a two-time Paralympian, she has won three gold medals and multiple world championships.