Friday, June 29, 2007

IAAF Decision Makers Do About-Face

The IAAF has decided to let double-amputee Oscar "Blade Runner" Pistorius compete in the 400m Dash at IAAF Grand Prix events this summer. You might recall the story about Pistorius that FLP covered here.

In that article I suggested that Pistorius be tested against other athletes in his event to determine whether or not he has any advantage from using his carbon-fiber prosthetics. Apparently the IAAF agrees, because they have cleared Pistorius to race. What's more, he will immediately get to test himself against none other than 400m World Champion Jeremy Wariner at the Norwich Union Sheffield Grand Prix on July 15th, 2007. Should be a fascinating race.

I wonder what will happen if Pistorius beats Wariner. Will the IAAF immediately ban him if he does win? I have a bad feeling they will.

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