PARALYMPIAN Becca Meyers announced on July 20, 2021 that she had withdrawn her spot to compete in the Tokyo Olympics..
The swimmer said in a statement that he is “sad not to represent my country”.
Who is Paralympic swimmer Becca Meyers?
Rebecca “Becca” Meyers is an American swimmer and Paralympic.
The 26-year-old suffers from a rare genetic condition known as Usher syndrome and has been deaf since birth.
She wears cochlear implants to help her hear better.
Meyers also loses his sight from a condition known as retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and has a guide dog named Birdie.
The athlete had trained with the Nation’s Capital Swim Club under the direction of famous trainer Bruce Gemmel to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.
Why isn’t Becca Meyers going to Tokyo?
Meyers announced that she was not traveling to Tokyo for the Olympics after learning she couldn’t bring her mother, who is her personal care assistant, to Japan.
Officials say there is no room for the nursing assistant due to coronavirus restrictions.
Meyers took to Facebook to announce his withdrawal, writing: “I had to make the heartbreaking decision to withdraw from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
“I am angry, I am disappointed, but most of all, I am sad that I am not representing my country.”
She told the Washington post that she did not make the decision to retire “lightly”, adding: “I would love to go to Tokyo.
“Swimming gave me my identity as a person, I’ve always been Becca the swimmer. I didn’t take it lightly.
“It was very difficult for me. [But] I need to say something to make a change because it can’t go on. “
Meyers was scheduled to compete from August 24 to September 5.
How many medals has Becca Meyers won?
Meyers is a six-time Paralympic medalist.
She won three gold and one silver at the Rio 2016 Games, as well as a silver and bronze medal in London 2012.