Should the fastest man with no legs participate in London Olympics? : By Naveen Jain
Oscar Pistorius is a South African runner; however, he is not any normal runner. He is a double amputee. He was born with congenital issues with his legs and at the age of 11 months, both his legs were amputated between the knees and ankles. In spite of this, he participated in numerous sports in his school including rugby, water polo, tennis, and wrestling.
His motto for life is “You’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.”
His personal best times for the 100m dash is 10.91sec, 200m dash is 21.58 and 400m dash is 45.07sec. He is also known as “Blade Runner” and is the fastest man without legs.
He first participated in the able-bodied athlete tournament in 2007. However, it generated much controversy as some think that his artificial lower legs give him unfair advantage. The same year, the International Association of Athletics Federations amended its rule to ban the use of any technical device that would provide a user with an advantage over any other athlete. Oscar appealed in the Court of Arbitration for Sports and the decision was reversed.
Although he was eligible to compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he did not qualify. Now, Oscar is trying to compete in Summer Olympics in London later this year.
Read more about Oscar here on Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Pistorius.
What do you think? Should Oscar be allowed to participate in the London Olympics alongside able-bodied athletes? Or should Oscar be asked to participate only in Paralympics.
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