During the IPC Athletics European Championships, there were “people becoming European champions and their family back home could not even watch them on television,” Raghoo said.

British wheelchair racer David Weir has been outspoken about the need to give disabled sport more exposure.

“I am a big believer we need to be in the public’s faces all the time,” the British athlete told the BBC in 2015. “It will die because we are not on TV every week, we are not in the Diamond League, we are not in newspapers.”

“The momentum has been lost from 2012 and 2013,” he said, “and if we’re not careful it’ll go back to how it was before.”

The most recent data on the issue from a 2011 survey by disability charity Scope shows that 65% of disabled people are in favour of scrapping the Paralympics and instead allowing disabled athletes to compete in the Olympics. 42% of disabled people said they disagreed that the Paralympics positively impact the public’s perception of disabled people, while one in five said that the Paralympics makes disabled people appear to be “second class.”

“Whatever happens,” Rhagoo said, “the athletes have to be at the very centre of whatever decision is made.”