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    A sentence to translate

    I have seen a sentence like this from a Russian. I have split the parts which I fail to translate. Would you split them the same way in English?

    Чтобы принять участие в паралимпиаде, нужно быть инвалидом. Причем, нельзя просто так быть каким попало инвалидом.

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    "просто так" here is "without effort / simply".
    "каким попало" is idiom close to "random". bride on wedding throws flower at group of maidens in random manner = "в кого попадёт". "who was hit?" = "в кого попало?". "каким попало" is some kind of reverse - life is "throwing random objects at you".
    So, "(green) you cannot simply be (red) random disabled".

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    one cannot just be whichever invalid.
    Or: it is not enough to be just an invalid.

    But the russian sentence is clumsy. One should at least omit так.

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    Чтобы принять участие в паралимпиаде, нужно быть инвалидом. Причем, нельзя просто так быть каким попало инвалидом.
    You ought to be a physically disabled person to take part in Paralympic Games.
    More to that/what's more (причем), you can't just (просто так) be a person with any kind (каким попало) of disabilities.
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