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Sochi Winter Paralympics

The Paralympics are starting today in Sochi. I'm not sure about anyone else but I'm feeling somewhat conflicted about watching them. It was bad enough with the anti-homosexual "propaganda" law that called into question the wisdom of watching the able-bodied athletes, but now with Russia actively engaged in detaching pieces of neighbouring countries the idea of watching a big celebration of sporting prowess hosted by them seems tasteless.

On the other hand the Paralympic athletes were already out there when this blew up. Disabled sport is always a distant second to able-bodied sport in terms of sponsorship and TV coverage and this is only the second Paralympic games (first winter) I can recall that has seen significant promotion and enthusiasm on British television (Channel 4 were really good with the 2012 Paralympics and I'm glad they got the coverage this time as well). Able-bodied sport already got their time in the spotlight and it's not really fair to penalise the Paralympians because in the intervening few weeks the hosts have out-arseholed themselves.


Of course Channel 4 have already paid for the rights so not watching probably won't hurt the organisers at all.


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