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Statement on promoting the equality of athletes with disabilites

Statement on promoting the equality of athletes with disabilites

In the autumn of 2018, there was a public debate in Finland about the ‘deductibles’ or out-of-pocket fees collected for participating in the World Para Athletics European Championships. The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman has also been directly contacted about these fees.

In the Ombudsman’s opinion, the out-of-pocket fees for athletes participating in the Para Athletics European Championships are problematic in terms of full achievement of equality. The matter is not unequivocal, however, with regard to violating the prohibition of discrimination. The Ombudsman has discussed the financing of disabled sports and the liability for costs with several actors. 

Below you may find the whole statement and the recommendation's from the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman:

17.04.2019