This year, the board of directors for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) voted to increase all athletes’ pay at the Olympics and Paralympics.
Equal pay for all athletes
Paralympic Athletes who were, according to The Lily, previously paid $7,500 for gold, $5,250 for silver and $3,750 for bronze, are now going to be paid $37,500 for each gold medal earned at the Games, $22,500 for silver, and $15,000 for bronze, the same amounts as their Olympic counterparts.
More opportunities for Paralympic athletes
This is a huge deal for Paralympic athletes, as it positively shifts the way they are viewed. Former Paralympian Amanda McGrory agrees that this change allows for more sponsorships and more public support for disabled athletes along with an increase of awareness of disabled sports in general.
Channel 4 has announced its most ambitious plans for coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
During the Paralympic Games, Channel 4, the UK Paralympic broadcaster, will produce over 300 hours of round-the-clock Paralympics coverage from Tokyo. Also of note, Channel 4’s broadcast will include more disabled presenters than ever before in the UK—with over 70% of commentators identifying as a person with a disability.