Disability sports

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, 1968 Olympic athlete John Carlos raises his fist as he speaks about his experience as Olympians who participated in Mexico City in 1968 during the 50th Anniversary of the Defining Moment in Sports Social Activism Historic Town Hall at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif. Olympic protestor John Carlos co-authored a letter with an influential American athletes' group calling on the IOC to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics and replace it with a policy written in collaboration with athletes. Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
June 27, 2020 - 12:51 pm
DENVER (AP) — John Carlos wants to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics. The renowned Olympic protester has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes, calling on the IOC to put in place a new policy done in collaboration with athletes from across the globe...
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ARCHIVO - En imagen de archivo del sábado 10 de octubre de 2015, el italiano Alex Zanardi compite en la sección de ciclismo en el Triatlón del Campeonato Mundial Ironman, en Kailua-Kona, Hawai. (AP Foto/Mark J. Terrill, archivo)
June 24, 2020 - 5:02 am
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has praised Alex Zanardi as an example of strength amid adversity as the Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist recovers from a handbike crash. Francis penned a letter of encouragement assuring Zanardi and his family of his prayers. It was published on...
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In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, Italy's Alessandro "Alex" Zanardi, smiles after winning the silver medal in the men's road race H5, during the 2016 Paralympics Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Race car driver turned Paralympic champion Alex Zanardi has been seriously injured again. Police tell The Associated Press that Zanardi was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Siena following a road accident near the Tuscan town of Pienza during a national race for Paralympic athletes on handbikes. The 53-year-old Zanardi had both of his legs amputated following a horrific crash during a 2001 CART race in Germany. He was a two-time CART champion. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
June 22, 2020 - 7:50 am
SIENA, Italy (AP) — Alex Zanardi remains in stable condition after a crash on his handbike and for now will stay in a medically induced coma, doctors said Monday in a fresh medical update. The Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital in Siena said the Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold...
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ARCHIVO - En imagen de archivo del sábado 10 de octubre de 2015, el italiano Alex Zanardi compite en la sección de ciclismo en el Triatlón del Campeonato Mundial Ironman, en Kailua-Kona, Hawai. (AP Foto/Mark J. Terrill, archivo)
June 21, 2020 - 7:23 am
ROME (AP) — Doctors treating Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi say he remains stable after a crash on his handbike but is at risk of unforeseen complications. In a new medical update Sunday, the Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital in Siena said the longer...
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In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, Italy's Alessandro "Alex" Zanardi, smiles after winning the silver medal in the men's road race H5, during the 2016 Paralympics Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Race car driver turned Paralympic champion Alex Zanardi has been seriously injured again. Police tell The Associated Press that Zanardi was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Siena following a road accident near the Tuscan town of Pienza during a national race for Paralympic athletes on handbikes. The 53-year-old Zanardi had both of his legs amputated following a horrific crash during a 2001 CART race in Germany. He was a two-time CART champion. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
June 20, 2020 - 9:02 am
ROME (AP) — Italian race car champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi was in a medically induced coma and remained in serious condition a day after crashing his handbike into a truck and smashing his face. Zanardi — who lost both of his legs in a race-car crash nearly 20 years ago —...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 file photo, Alex Zanardi, of Italy, rides during the cycling portion of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Race car driver turned Paralympic champion Alex Zanardi has been seriously injured again. Police tell The Associated Press that Zanardi was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Siena following a road accident near the Tuscan town of Pienza during a national race for Paralympic athletes on handbikes. The 53-year-old Zanardi had both of his legs amputated following a horrific crash during a 2001 CART race in Germany. He was a two-time CART champion. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
June 19, 2020 - 6:12 pm
ROME (AP) — Alex Zanardi, the Italian race car champion who transitioned into a gold medalist Paralympian after losing both of his legs, was seriously injured in a handbike race on Friday. Zanardi was transported by helicopter to Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital in Siena following a crash near the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2018, file photo, France's Stephane Houdet reaches for a forehand return to Japan's Shingo Kunieda in the men's wheelchair final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. There might be wheelchair tennis competition at the 2020 U.S. Open, after all. The U.S. Tennis Association now says it should have consulted wheelchair athletes before announcing it was canceling their events at Flushing Meadows and is willing to change its stance. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
June 19, 2020 - 3:25 pm
There might be wheelchair tennis competition at the 2020 U.S. Open, after all. The U.S. Tennis Association acknowledged Friday it should have consulted wheelchair athletes before announcing their events at Flushing Meadows were being canceled — and now is willing to change its stance. USTA...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Gwendolyn "Gwen" Berry of the United States waves as she is introduced at the start of the women's hammer throw final, during athletics competition at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Berry won the gold medal. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is signaling willingness to challenge longstanding IOC rules restricting protests at the Olympics, while also facing backlash from some of its own athletes for moves viewed by some as not being driven by sufficient athlete input. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
June 13, 2020 - 10:20 am
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is open to challenging IOC rules restricting protests at the Olympics. At the same time, some of the very athletes the federation is trying to help are angered that they have been kept out of the loop in key decisions. The federation, in...
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June 09, 2020 - 8:09 pm
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is creating an athlete group that will look into loosening restrictions on protests at the games. CEO Sarah Hirshland tweeted the plans for a new group, which is being formed in response to George Floyd's death last month and the worldwide...
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FILE - In this May 21, 2017, file photo, Gwen Berry, of the United States, competes in the women's hammer throw at the Golden Grand Prix athletics meet in Kawasaki, near Tokyo. Berry captured headlines last year when she used her turn on the gold-medal podium at the Pan-Am Games to raise her fist as a show of her frustration with America’s treatment of blacks. Her gesture, to say nothing of the punishment that came afterward, are all being seen in a new light these days, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
June 04, 2020 - 3:45 pm
As it turns out, the hard part for U.S. Olympian Gwen Berry hasn’t started yet. The raised fist at the Pan-Am Games last summer, along with the public shaming she received from Olympic authorities afterward, followed by the wondering about what might happen if she were to use her platform at the...
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