- May 16, 2008 at 2:50 pm #7482
Monte-Carlo – The IAAF is pleased to announce that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) this afternoon has declared that Oscar Pistorius (RSA) is eligible to compete in competitions under IAAF Rules.
The decision is a culmination of a process in which Mr Pistorius and the IAAF have co-operated together to resolve the issue of whether the “Cheetah” prostheses Mr Pistorius wears give him an advantage in competition. While the IAAF has been keen to give Mr Pistorius every opportunity to participate in its events, it had to deal with some concerns that he may be gaining an unfair advantage.
The IAAF just lost credibility in my eyes. I would not be surprised to see able-bodied athletes filing suit against the IAAF if Pistorius ends up winning any prize money on the circuit.
- May 16, 2008 at 3:00 pm #25169
The IAAF is pleased to announce that an athlete who is using banned performance enhancing limbs is eligible to compete. I guess public pressure won out over doing the right thing for the sport.
How ironic that I just came across this article this morning and found myself thinking “Multiply strength and stamina as much as 20 times? I wonder how long until there are robotic suit sports.” It may seem like a stretch but, if a performance enhancing prosthetic is allowed, where is the line drawn?
- May 16, 2008 at 9:00 pm #25170
See the genetic doping item from earlier this week. 😛 This opens the door for any athlete to try to get mechanical aids past the IAAF and IOC. It is an incredibly slippery slope from spring-loaded prosthetics to spring-loaded shoes. There was a Puma sprint spike back in the '70s or '80s that was banned from use in competition by the IAAF because it was deemed to provide an unnatural, ergogenic aid to the athlete. This turn of events would seem to open floodgates.
- May 16, 2008 at 9:21 pm #25171
Indeed. Just imagine all the fascinating “shoes” we might be seeing in potentially the near future. It would be hypocritical of the IAAF to ban such shoes.
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