Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Swimmer's developmental disabilities muddy Paralympic waters

Kendall Bailey, 19, has mental and physical disabilities. (Monica Almeida/The New York Times)
As Kendall Bailey swims, the water seems to mask his cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism and other disabilities: his breaststroke has won him a spot on the U.S. team at the Paralympics in September. But his mother says U.S. Paralympic officials tried to disqualify the 19-year-old, fearing his developmental disabilities would prevent him from competing in China. International Herald Tribune

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