Paralympian who withdrew from Games after refusal to bring mother says she feels ‘worthless’

Becca Meyers, left, and her mother, Maria, are interviewed July 21 in New Day. CNN

Becca Meyers, a deaf-blind Paralympic swimmer who withdrew from the Tokyo Games after saying she was denied a request to bring her mother as a personal care assistant, said the decision had her “torn”.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee denied his request for his mother to be his personal care assistant in Tokyo, Meyers said.

“I’ve always been known as Becca the Swimmer and not Becca the Deafblind. And now I feel very worthless as a person. For someone who has been training five years so far, especially an extra year with the pandemic, it all feels like it was for nothing, ”she said on“ New Day ”from. CNN.

Meyers said that at the 2016 Games in Rio, she had “collapsed” without her mother and personal assistant.

The USOPC provides a single personal care assistant to 33 U.S. Paralympic swimmers, nine of whom are visually impaired, according to Meyers.

“At the end of the day, no one on this team is trained or certified to deal with blind or visually impaired swimmers, especially in my case as a deafblind athlete,” she said.

Her mother, Maria Meyers, said Becca needed a one-on-one assistant to help her navigate the airport, mess halls and other places.

“I’m just here to whisper in her ear, you know, ‘it’s on your left, it’s on your right, just to guide her and take care of her.’ “I have nothing to do with the pool. It’s all about her and the coaches. But they really have to have staff who know how to guide and take care of these kids,” said Maria Meyers.

“It’s his life. And they took that away from him. They took their moment to shine, ”she added.


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