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Blind rider fights 'treacherous' Paralympic rule change

A partially sighted dressage rider says a new rule that states competitors must wear a blindfold at the Paralympics is "treacherous".

Verity Smith from Gloucestershire has around 10% vision, allowing her to distinguish between light and dark.

She had hoped to qualify for the Rio Paralympics in 2016 but has struggled to adapt to the rule that was introduced earlier this year.

BBC Points West's Alistair Durden reports.

Her coach, Olympic dressage gold medallist, Laura Tomlinson, said she competes at an extremely high level and does "a phenomenal job".

BBC Points West Alistair Durden reports.

  • 16 Dec 2015