Alderman handed Paralympic Games chance

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Powerlifter Adam Alderman could be granted the chance to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after the International Paralympic Committee made a dramatic U-turn on one of their own rulings.

The 31-year-old’s hopes of competing at the Games had seemingly been dashed after achondroplasia dwarfs like Alderman found they could not physically get within the maximum 20 degree angle of elbow extension allowed within the previous ruling.

However, that ruling has now been removed meaning the Sudbury-based lifter could be re-classified and qualify for the Games, albeit under challenging circumstances.

“There is a possibility Adam could now compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games,” said coach and father Brian Alderman.

“However, in order to do so he would need to be ranked in the top eight and compete in at least two ranked competitions before the February 29th deadline next year.

“The first will be at the end of November in Hungary with the last one being in Kuala Lumpur at the end of February.

“We will have a final discussion but I think he will give it a good shot.”