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Why We Shouldn't Accuse Paralympians of Faking Their Disabilities

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As buzz about this year’s Paralympics games ramps up, so do accusations of talented athletes cheating their way into medaling at previous competitions.

But these cheating accusations are different from — and more dangerous than — the primarily drug-based cheating rumors that swirl through the Olympic world.

Some Paralympics are routinely accused of faking their disabilities altogether in order to access “easier” competitions, which can have detrimental consequences for the entire disability community.

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