Friday, May 16, 2008

CAS Rules Double-Amputee May Qualify for Beijing Olympics

Today, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that double amputee Oscar Pistorius of South Africa can compete and qualify for the Beijing Olympics this year. Pistorius runs on carbon fiber prosthetic blades, which the IAAF believed gave him a mechanical advantage over able-bodied athletes.

Personally, I'm in favor of this one. The IAAF believed that Pistorius' blades gave him a mechanical advantage, but new evidence suggests that he's on the same level as everyone else. We're clearly in an age when Olympic athletes are using all sorts of chemicals to make themselves stronger and faster (ahem, Marion Jones), and no one can seriously believe that the Olympics are a drug-free sport. So why not give a guy who has clearly worked his tail off to overcome a disability, a guy who is on-par with the rest of the world, a chance? Well done, CAS.


Dewey, Cheatem, & Howe said...

I'm beginning to hate blogger. It does not approve of my paragraph breaks.

Jack Gonzo, MD said...

Fixed, just hit return like any normal human being.