Six-time Paralympic champion David Weir has reversed his decision to quit racing for Britain and has targeted a shock return to the Olympics.
The 39-year-old previously said he would ‘never wear the GB vest again’ after claiming he was belittled at Rio 2016 by coach Jenni Banks, who is still part of the GB set-up.
She was alleged to have thrown his wheelchair in a row over his relay performance.
David Weir waves to the crowds in Gateshead as he wins the Great North Run on Sunday
In explaining his U-turn, Weir told the BBC: ‘Nothing can get in my way. I’m in such a positive mind-set now.
‘I’m going to make sure I get to Tokyo, put the GB vest on and feel very proud to wear it like I did in 1996 [his Paralympic debut].’
Opening up on his battle with depression over the last two years, Weir said: ‘I didn’t know if I was ever going to race again. I didn’t know where my income was going to come from. I didn’t know what to do to be honest.
Weir opened up on his struggles with depression following a medal-less Rio Olympic Games
‘I had a lot of help after counselling, suffering with depression. Going and getting help and seeking that I’ve actually had it since childhood.
‘I couldn’t deal with my disability as a youngster. So I’ve had it for years but it’s just been underlying and I’ve batted it off and put it under the carpet.’
Along with six Paralympic gold medals, Weir has also won the London Marathon a record eight times, including the 2017 and 2018 editions. He added to his incredible medal haul with a win at the Great North Run on Sunday.
Weir (centre) celebrates after winning the Great North Run elite wheelchair race on Sunday