Wikinews interviews Great Britain men's national wheelchair basketball player Ade Oregembe
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Nigerian-born Oregembe, one of twenty-four children, contracted when an infant. He started playing basketball after a random person suggested he take up the sport. Oregembe stated he'd never previously seriously considered any other sport. His wheelchair basketball journey has taken him to Spain (to play in their local league) and around the world with the Great Britain national team.
Oregembe was asked about two of the big Paralympic stories: , and —able-bodied competitors— competing in their sport at the Paralympics. He did not support Pistorius's inclusion in the , nor inclusion of able-bodied athletes in wheelchair basketball at the Paralympics.
While the United Kingdom has a reputation for sport-related racism, Oregembe said he had not experienced much of it on the courts. Elsewhere though, it was a different issue as he had experienced racism both to his face and behind his back, noting it was a particular problem in Spain.
Oregembe's Great Britain side kicks off their Germany men's national wheelchair basketball team.