Blind athlete’s driving license revoked
South Korean authorities have revoked driver’s licenses of visually impaired athletes who took part in the Asian Para Games, officials here said Friday, following their vision tests.
According to the sports ministry and the Korea Paralympic Committee (KPC), the blind athletes recently retook the aptitude test for driver’s licenses to check their actual eyesight after returning from the Asian Para Games in Indonesia. The test results showed their eyesight doesn’t meet the vision requirements, which forced the authorities to revoke their driver’s licenses.
Controversy loomed after a lawmaker claimed that four visually impaired athletes selected for the para national team passed a vision test and obtained level 1 and level 2 driver’s licenses. The vision requirements for the level 1 license is binocular visual acuity of at least 0.8 and 0.5 for each eye. The vision requirement for the level 2 license is binocular visual acuity of at least 0.5.