Para-cycling looks to be in real danger of being left out of the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo as a result of the UCIís failure to submit the necessary paperwork on schedule; whilst the deadline for the International Paralympic Committee management team was July 28, the UCI only filed last week. The failure leaves para-cycling chasing one of the seven remaining slots for sports available after the IPC confirmed the 16 already guaranteed representation.
The blunder comes at a time when there is also potential for the number of sports represented being reduced, IPC president Sir Philip Craven explains: ĎOur aim is to ensure that the final Tokyo 2020 Paralympic sports programme is fresh and features the best Para-sports possible. Although we can have a maximum of 23 sports in six years’ time, we have an option to reduce the number of sports in order to ensure we have a compelling and attractive Para-sports programme.í
Jody Cundy, who represented GB at the 2008 Summer Paralympics and broke the world record on the way to winning the gold in the 1km Time Trial, tweeted: Ď(It) sums up how high we appear on the UCI radar. Not surprised at all.í
Since para-cycling made its debut at the Seoul Paralympics in 1988, GB has proven to be one of the most successful nations, topping the medal tables at both Beijing and London.
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