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Meyers wrote that her mother has acted as her Personal Care Assistant (PCA) at all her international meets since 2017, but due to Covid-19 restrictions the USOPC refused her request for her mother to serve in that capacity in Tokyo. She said that the USOPC is providing a single PCA to assist the 33 American Paralympic swimmers, including nine who are visually impaired.
“With Covid, there are new safety measures and limits on non-essential staff in place, rightfully so, but a trusted PCA is essential for me to compete,” Meyers wrote.
“So, in 2021, why as a disabled person am I still fighting for my rights? I’m speaking up for future generations of Paralympic athletes in hope that they never have to experience the pain I’ve been through. Enough is enough.”
CNN has reached out to the USOPC for comment.
“This is an outrage and a preventable situation that should never have gotten to this point,” Hassan said. “I want the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee to work immediately to address this issue, and I want them to ensure that all of our athletes are able to compete safely at this summer’s games, including by providing them the basic supports that they need just to navigate the world.”
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