Blind ath­lete’s driv­ing li­cense re­voked

The Korea Times - - SPORTS - (Yon­hap)

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.

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