The world now knows about Oscar Pistorius, the disabled athlete who fought and won against an IAAF ruling in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Oscar Pistorius is now 21 years old. He was born without fibula – a long, thin outer bone between the knee and the ankle – and, when he was 11 months, had both legs amputated below the knee.
In 2007, the IAAF denied Oscar the permission to compete in athletic events with able-bodied athletes because Oscar’s synthetic legs were considered to give him an unfair advantage! This may be a scientifically proven fact – though the CAS has ruled unanimously that it is not convinced about this – but can there be more irony? Is the Olympic spirit about sheer cold-blooded calculations?
Did the dimunitive Ethiopian sprinter, and Olympic gold medallist, Haille Gebrselassie claim that his fellow competitiors from the developed world were having an unfair advantage because of their access to superior nutrition, training and practice?