A discussion on the history of the Paralympic factor system, controversies, and why it matters for inclusion of athletes with a disability.

About this Event

The classification of Paralympic athletes continues to be a challenge and controversial process. The recent expose in Sports Illustrated, and the 2017 story in BBC are but two examples. In this second installment of our Steadward Talks, we will continue to revisit the past to understand the present within the Paralympic and Olympic movement.

In this edition, Ted Fay and Joe Walsh, the innovators and founders of the Paralympic Factor System, will share and reflect on its creation, evolution and present-day impacts. The Paralympic Factor System is used to determine results where athletes with different sport classes compete against each other in an event. The Factor System has ultimately become part of the larger classification system now used in the Paralympic movement. In January of 2020, the IPC decided that there was need for further review and discussion regarding the Factor System and did not approve phasing it out (Inside the Games).

David Legg and Eli Wolff will moderate and facilitate the conversation and Q & A.

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