Alderman gives up hope of competing at the Paralympics

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Powerlifter Adam Alderman has given up on his hopes of competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The 31-year-old had been handed a chance of competing after the International Paralympic Committee made a dramatic U-turn on their own ruling that achondroplasia dwarfs could not physically get within the maximum 20 degree angle of elbow extension allowed within the previous ruling.

However, despite the Sible Hedingham-based lifter being able to be re-classified and qualify for the Games, it was under challenging circumstances that would require him to be ranked within the top eight and compete in at least two ranked competitions before February 29 next year.

And after much deliberation his father and coach Brian Alderman has conceded his son, who works and trains in Sudbury, will not be seeking qualification.

“Since being declassified he has also put on extra weight and it would require a big effort to shed the extra 4.5kg in a relatively short time without losing strength,” he said.

“To achieve medals internationally, particularly at Paralympic and World events an athlete needs to be full-time and that is not an option.”