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May 22, 2012

Pride's Purge

London 2012 organisers say they are powerless to stop Paralympic sponsor selling athletes at a profit

Paralympic organisers have defended the sale of disabled athletes on eBay by ATOS, the controversial multinational company who is sponsoring this year’s events in the UK.

The athletes were intended to be examples of physical fitness and mental ability in a once-in-a-lifetime event, but instead could turn out be nice little earners for the sponsors ATOS, which is responsible for delivering controversial “work capability” tests for hundreds of thousands of disabled people on sickness benefit.

Several Paralympic athletes and their official uniforms have already been listed for sale on eBay by ATOS, with one attracting bids of more than £150,000 – although it was unclear whether that had been artificially inflated by fake bids. A second athlete was listed at £70,000 and another at £9,100.

London 2012 organisers have said they are powerless to stop sponsors selling…

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