Belgian champion of Paralympics 2012 in wheelchair racing Marika Vervurt said that the Games in Rio will be the completion of not only her career, but also life. Partially paralyzed athlete intends to seek permission for euthanasia, as it is legal in her homeland. Le Parisien reports this.
According to the agency, the athlete is not very well known to the general public, but she has to make efforts every day to keep training, because her disease progresses.
"Rio is my last wish. Training became very difficult to me, I have to fight my illness day and night, but I hope to finish my career on the podium in Rio", the champion of London 2012 said.
According to 37-year-old athlete, the time comes when you have to finish your career and the sport for her is the only meaning of life.
"Everybody sees me smiling and with a gold medal, but no one sees the reverse side of all this", she says.