British Paralympic Weightlifter refused Security Clearance

4 Sep 2012

Paul Efayena was ecstatic when he was accepted onto the team to represent Great Britain in the Paralympic games 2012. Unfortunately, he was informed that he would not be representing Great Britain as he had been refused security clearance from the Home Office.

He was due to compete in the powerlifting 100kg category and was only told that he could not participate in the Games the day before he was due to join his team mates.

Paul had served a nine-year sentence for Grievous Bodily Harm and was released back in March 2011. He had not attempted to cover up his previous criminal conviction, had the backing from the Paralympics GB team and had already represented GB.

After losing his leg in a motorcycle accident last year he was approached by the British weight lifting team to apply to join. His probation officer supported his application and Paul began his training.

He was banned from the Games because he failed the relevant security checks - security clearance can be refused to any person who might be a security or safety risk.

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