“I’ve needed to make the gut-wrenching determination to withdraw from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics,” Meyers wrote in a statement
. “I’m indignant, I’m disillusioned, however most of all, I’m unhappy to not be representing my nation.”
Meyers wrote that her mom has acted as her Personal Care Assistant (PCA) in any respect her worldwide meets since 2017, however as a result of Covid-19 restrictions the USOPC refused her request for her mom to serve in that capability in Tokyo. She stated that the USOPC is offering a single PCA to help the 33 American Paralympic swimmers, together with 9 who’re visually impaired.
“With Covid, there are new security measures and limits on non-essential employees in place, rightfully so, however a trusted PCA is important for me to compete,” Meyers wrote.
“So, in 2021, why as a disabled particular person am I nonetheless preventing for my rights? I’m talking up for future generations of Paralympic athletes in hope that they by no means should expertise the ache I’ve been by. Enough is sufficient.”
CNN has reached out to the USOPC for remark.
Meyers, a 26-year-old from Baltimore, Maryland
, has gained six medals in two earlier Paralympics. At the Rio Games in 2016, she gained three gold medals within the 100-meter fly, 200-meter particular person medley and 400-meter freestyle.
She has Usher syndrome
, a genetic dysfunction that causes deafness or listening to loss and the attention illness retinitis pigmentosa that impacts imaginative and prescient and worsens over time. She has been deaf since she was born and has used a cochlear implant since she was younger, according to her Team USA bio
The Olympic Games start Friday and final by August 8, and the Paralympic Games observe on August 24. The Games are being held this 12 months in Tokyo below extraordinary restrictions
in an try to securely maintain the large occasion within the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.