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OS8 - Spanish Disabled Team not Disabled

Sport: Other Sports Category: Athletics/Olympic Sports
Submitted by: Anonymous
Context:

In Spain's baskedball team in the Paralympics 10 out of 12 of the team were not disabled in any way. Carlos Ribagorda, a player on the team and a working journalist, wrote an article in the Spanish magazine Capital, in which he said that 10 of 12 players on the team suffered from no intellectual disability whatsoever. Ribagorda accused Spanish team organizers of deliberately selecting players without handicaps in order to win the tournament and said he and other players had not undergone medical or psychological testing before the event.

Outcome:

The team was ordered to return its gold medals, and the resulting scandal forced the resignation of at least three of the top Paralympic officials in Spain.

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