Well, if we were any doubt about some of the underpinning narratives of the Paralympics over the last 2 weeks, the closing ceremony has given us a strong clue about one of them: the military story. The story which emphasises impairment as a result of military action: the story which emphasises heroism; the story which emphasises the successful melding of metal and human. Coe himself draws on the 7/7 story to describe why the Paralympics have been important: as closure on terrorist acts (carried out in the name of god only knows what). And with the director emphasising that we shouldn’t be looking for narratives, this should make us even more alert to what is being peddled under the banner of disability.
So, is there a correlation between achievement at the Paralympics and levels of militarily or industrial induced impairment caused by the countries who are at the top of the medal table?