Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Amputee Pistorius Appeals Olympic Ban

South African runner and double amputee, Oscar Pistorius, is appealing the ruling of the IAAF that his prosthetic blades give him an unfair advantage in open competitions. Their ruling would ban him from competing in the 400m at the Beijing Olympics in August. The Court of Arbitration for Sport will hear the appeal on April 29/30 ( story). With bad publicity swirling around the summer games--from Beijing's choking smog to China's crack down in Tibet and eco-political support for Sudan in the Darfur crisis--a feel-good story like Pistorius' could give a needed boost to the summer games, as conjectured today (story).

Below is Pistorius' run at the 2007 Golden Gala meet in Rome, originally aired on the Italian RAI network.

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