So in response to poor ticket sales, Paralympic events in Rio are being cut right back. Clearly the Brazilian population hasn’t got swept up in the thrill of Disabled athletics like we have been here in the UK, and are treating these events as a sideshow. More depressingly though, organisers seem to be taking the same approach. I can’t help being appalled by the ‘make do and mend’ attitude of UK sports, hoping to get the best out of what remains on offer to its athletes. Surely the time has come for the host city to be held accountable for staging the whole event – and in dire economic circumstances, to spread the cuts evenly across both Olympics and Paralympics.
Or how about this for a more radical solution: scrap the separate Paralympics, and instead include its sports within the main Olympic programme. Wouldn’t it be great to have the Olympic 100m race followed immediately by the 100m Paralympic race. Same stadium, same audience, same network coverage.