Friday, May 16, 2008
Amputee runner wins right to try for Olympic spot
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius has won the right to compete for a place in the Beijing Olympics.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the 21-year-old South African is eligible to race against able-bodied athletes.
Friday's verdict overturns a ban imposed by the IAAF, which said his carbon fiber prosthetic blades give him a mechanical advantage.
CAS said the unanimous ruling goes into effect immediately.
Pistorius still must reach a qualifying time to run in the individual 400 meters at the Beijing Games. However, he can be picked for the South African relay squad without qualifying.
That's cool. If swimmers can have an advantage with a super streamlined suit over those countries who can't afford such suits, then this guy should be allowed to run.
I'm all for a Full on Cybernetic Olympics.