Theo Matekan, a 24-year-old Paralympic athlete, was unable to participate in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, despite qualifying. His access was blocked by the Romanian Paralympic Committee.
The cyclist, who also skis, needed to go to the important competition with a buddy because he couldn’t put on or wear his own shoes, according to his father, Soren Matekan.
Theo Matekan was appointed by the Romanian Cycling Federation to represent our country at the Paralympic Games in Japan, but the management of the Romanian National Paralympic Committee stated that the athlete Matekan was not entitled to accompany him to this competition.
The painful story of a Paralympic athlete who left his home from the Olympics because he couldn’t get dressed! She was banned by the Romanian Paralympic Committee from participating in Tokyo and she was fined by CNCD
The Romanian National Paralympic Committee was today fined 10,000 lei for discriminating against athlete Theodor Matecan. Ms. Sally Wood Lamont, president of CNPR, has been fined 1,000 lei for statements that hurt the dignity of athlete Theo Mattican.
Decisions were made by the National Anti-Discrimination Council.
Christian Jura, Secretary of State for the National Anti-Discrimination Council and a judge at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, gave details of this startling case.
“It is unprecedented in the Romanian sports scene, this is the first time that the National AIDS Council has discovered discrimination against a disabled athlete even through the forum that should protect and promote the rights of people with disabilities in the field of sport, the Romanian National Paralympic Committee (CNPR). )
We found two distinctions. A woman president of CNPR made statements that affected the dignity of athlete Theo Matekan
It was said that Theo Matekan would not compete again until he could prove he knew how to skate, in the context of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games. A skater does not have to prove to a federation president that he knows how to exercise or not.
Evidence of recognition is given by the number of medals and rankings on the podiums in national or international competitions. The discovery of CNCD came in the context of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which were held in 2021 due to the pandemic.
CNPR remained negative and did not take the necessary steps
On the other hand, we have taken the decision to punish CNPR with a fine of 10,000 lei for violating several articles of national and international legislation. In practice, the National Refugee Council violated the government law on combating all forms of discrimination, the law on the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities, as well as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
In practice, the National Council for the Disabled has remained passive and did not initiate the necessary steps for the participation of an athlete with a disability in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which occurred due to the pandemic in 2021.
The fine is justified by the fact that the opportunities for athletes to participate in the Olympics are, of course, limited by time and age, and this situation is more difficult in the case of persons with disabilities, in the case under analysis, said Christian Jura (pictured above), State Secretary of the National Anti-Discrimination Council, that The degree of insult to a disabled person is much higher.” ProSport.
Theo Matican has practiced swimming and athletics and is the only disabled young man to ski in Romania. In cycling, he has been declared a multiple national and European champion who has climbed on the podium countless times, and for 12 weeks he is number one in the world rankings.
Image source: Facebook / Theo Matekan