Friday, May 16, 2008

Amputee Wins Right To Compete In Olympics

Oscar Pistorius has won an appeal to compete for a place in the Beijing Olympics.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the 21 year-old from South Africa is eligible to compete against able-bodied athletes.

The verdict overturns a ban by the IAAF that said his carbon fiber prosthetic blades gave him a mechanical advantage.

He must still reach a qualifying time to run in the individual 400 meters at the Beijing Olympics. He can be chosen for the South African relay without qualifying.

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