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Paralympic Games divides opinion

GIFTED: One of Great Britain's most outstanding Paralympians Ade Adepitan

NEARLY ONE in four disabled people in Britain feels patronised by the Paralympics, but a similar number feel empowered by them, a survey suggests.

Some 61 per cent of the 386 disabled people polled for charity Scope saw the Games as an opportunity for disabled people, but just 23 per cent said they were excited. One in five thought the Games made disabled people appear second class.

The British Paralympic Association said high ticket sales showed a big public appetite for Paralympic sport. The Paralympics run from August 29 to September 9 next year in London and feature around 4,200 athletes in 20 sports, including South Africa's Oscar Pistorius and Britain's David Weir. The Olympics take place from July 27 to August 12.

The survey was carried out for disability charity Scope by ComRes, which held online interviews with 386 disabled adults and 111 parents (and eight carers) of disabled people in August. While 22 per cent said they felt patronised by the Paralympics, 23 per cent said they felt empowered.

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