Basketball ID at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
The Basketball ID event at the 2000 Paralympic Games were marred by one of sport's biggest controversies which saw a classification of athlete removed from the next two Paralympic games. Fernando Martin Vicente, former head of the Spanish Federation for Mentally Handicapped Sports, allowed athletes with no disabilities to compete at the Games in order to win the gold medal. The team at the centre of the row was the Spanish basketball team, who won the gold medal after beating Russia in the final despite fielding a team mainly composed of athletes with no intellectual disability. The athletes were quickly exposed and the IPC reacted by stripping Spain of their medal and removing all events from the following Games for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Events for athletes with intellectual disabilities returned to the Paralympic schedule in 2004.
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- "Man that led shameful Spanish basketball team who pretended to be disabled to win Paralympic gold found guilty of fraud". Simon Tomlinson. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
- The New York Times. 30 January 2001. "PLUS: PARALYMPICS; Paralympic Group Orders Suspensions". Accessed 14 August 2007.
- PC Membership Embraces Athletes with Intellectual Disability Archived December 24, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
- The Spanish team originally won the gold medal, but they were disqualified after it was discovered that ten of the team's twelve players were not disabled
- "Spain ordered to return golds". BBC. 14 December 2000. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
- Spain national paralympic basketball team has returned gold medals (Russian)
- basketballid at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics on paralympic.org