Paralympian Kadeena Cox Defends Para-Athletics Classification Process
Paralympic champion Kadeena Cox said that the Para-athletics classification review is "not nice" but is "fair," according to Elizabeth Hudson of the BBC. The 26-year-old, whose classification changed from T37 to T38 ahead of the Rio 2016 Games, "defended the system after accusations of manipulation." Cox, who won Golds in cycling and athletics in Rio, will have her T38 athletics category reviewed in '18. She said, "It's not a nice process -- it's exhausting and a very draining thing to go through. But they want to make it as fair as possible." Cox, who was named to the England Commonwealth Games Para-athletics team on Monday, has multiple sclerosis. She added, "Classification is not a fun thing to have to do. ... The assessors are trying to push you to your limits and ask you to do things which aren't possible" (BBC, 12/11).