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Government Ministers Arrange Too Many Photo Opportunities With S.O. Athletes
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 28, 2003

DUBLIN, IRELAND--The president of Down Syndrome Ireland this week accused government officials of taking advantage of athletes with disabilities in order to improve their own public image.

Alan Crosbie said a number of government ministers have arranged "constant photo opportunities" with athletes preparing for the Special Olympics World Summer Games to be held in Ireland next month.

Crosbie claimed the number of photo opportunities suggest that the government is much more supportive than it truly is, especially at a time when it is cutting services for people with disabilities.

The World Summer Games are scheduled to begin in Dublin on June 21. Towns across Ireland are preparing to host about 7,000 athletes and coaches from 160 different countries.

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