Paralympic and triple world champion Sophie Hahn subject of ‘baseless allegations of improper classification’


Paralympic and triple world champion Sophie Hahn is the subject of “baseless allegations of improper classification”, says her manager.

And the 20-year-old sprinter from Widmerpool, who has cerebral palsy, is said to welcome the chance to provide evidence she is competing in the correct classification.

Hahn, who is Paralympic and world champion in the T38 100m, was named at a Parliamentary hearing on Tuesday when Michael Breen claimed she did not have the required disability to compete in the T38 classification.

Hahn is also the T38 200m world champion, winning that title in London this summer – and holds the world records in both the T38 100m and 200m.

The allegations have been described as “distressing” in a statement from the managing director of Hahn’s management company, 17 Management, Ian Byers.

“Further to today’s DCMS Select Committee hearing, Miss Hahn would welcome the opportunity to provide evidence to the Committee at the appropriate time,” it read.

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“In May 2016 the IPC looked into the classifications of a number of British para athletes, including Miss Hahn.

“They concluded that, following detailed reviews including medical information, all the athletes were in the correct class, being a class for athletes with a co-ordination impairment that also encompasses cerebral palsy.

“It is a huge credit to Sophie as a person that while she has been subjected to repeated baseless allegations of improper classification, she has focussed solely on continuing to improve as an athlete.

“Sophie is one of the hardest working athletes we have ever met and her fierce work ethic and determination to achieve excellence has been rewarded with multiple Paralympic and world titles.

“With athlete welfare such a hot topic in sport today, it is distressing for any athlete who is in the correct class in Para sport to face such repeated and unfounded allegations.

“Neither Sophie Hahn, members of her family, or team, will be making any further comment on this matter.”



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