Why having next years World Para-athletics Championships in Dubai can be a step back for Para-sports

In the London 2012 Paralympic games Britain and the world embraced the competition as they had crowds of up to 40,000 people watch the athletes.

However, three years later, at the Qatar competition the athletes had to compete in nearly empty stadiums and British shot-put gold medal winner, Aled Sion Davies, fears that lessons have not been learnt and the same could be repeated.

He recalls it as being ‘depressing’ and ‘sad’ when he won his gold medal in Qatar and does not want the same situation after the heights of London.

Organisers have tried to settle these doubts and said the athletes will find ‘world-class facilities’ and they think Dubai will ‘exceed expectations’.

By Liam Amos

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