Wednesday, April 23, 2008

ESPN Magazine features Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius

ESPN Magazine's April 21 cover story features the Oscar Pistorius case. A double-amputee sprinter, he appealed a decision in February that barred him from competing to qualify for the Olympic Games.

Pistorius appealed before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland in February. In January, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), track and field’s governing body, "ruled that his carbon fiber prosthetic blades gave him an unfair advantage." According to a scientific study in November, Pistorius' prosthetics are reportedly "more efficient than a human ankle . . . can return energy in maximum speed sprinting and that Pistorius was able to keep pace with certain able-bodied sprinters while expending about 25 percent less energy."

Pistorius' lawyer says the tests are flawed and inadequate. His case will be reviewed before the IAAF on April 29-30.

Pistorius talked about his case with several media outlets April 15, ESPN, "Nightline" and "Good Morning America," according to disaboom.