Paralympic champion David Weir wants to make GB return at Tokyo 2020 Games

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Paralympic champion David Weir wants to make GB return at Tokyo 2020 Games
Paralympic champion David Weir wants to make GB return at Tokyo 2020 Games

Britain's six-time Paralympic champion David Weir says he has been through "the toughest journey" of his career, after announcing he wants to race in the marathon at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Weir, 39, won four golds at London 2012 but said he would "never wear the GB vest again" after claiming he was accused of throwing a race at Rio 2016. Weir, who said the initial sessions with a counsellor "left me on the floor crying", told BBC Sport that the process confronted his "suffering with depression", which stemmed from not being able to "deal with my disability as a youngster". The Londoner, who gave up track events last year, said he felt "belittled" by comments from a coach after GB failed to qualify for a relay final at Rio 2016, and looking back realises that not coping with failure in Rio and missing the birth of his fourth child were all contributory factors to what he calls "the worst experience you could ever have as an athlete".

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