In addition to profiling this remarkable young man and his extraordinary athletic achievements, this feature also aims to provide objective and factual information about his prosthetic feet.
Below you will find links to official statements and news reports concerning Oscar’s bid to compete against able-bodied athletes; the response from the sport’s governing body, the IAAF; and reports of the subsequent ruling by the CAS.
Pistorius is a bilateral amputee world champion sprinter who has broken his own world record 27 times and is the first ever Paralympian to win Gold in each of the 100, 200 and 400 meter-sprints. In January, 2008, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) banned him from competing against able-bodied runners on the grounds that his prostheses give him a technical advantage - issuing a statement on the topic, Össur adamantly disagrees.
In May, 2008, Pistorius took his case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which ruled that the evidence was inconclusive and overturned the IAAF’s findings.
Oscar Pistorius had a dream to race against able-bodied athletes. Initially, that dream was crushed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) when it banned him from participating on the grounds that his prostheses give him an advantage over able-bodied runners. Later, in response to the world’s outrage, it reconsidered and offered to test Oscar to determine conclusively whether he posed such a threat.
After some testing, which Össur and Pistorius’ team considered incomplete, on January 14, 2008, the IAAF announced its decision to ban him from all its events.
On February 13, 2008, the international law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf initiated an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on behalf of Oscar Pistorius, challenging the IAAF’s decision.
On May 16, 2008, the CAS made its ruling, concluding that there is insufficient evidence that Pistorius gained any advantage from his prostheses, and overturned the earlier ruling. It marked a significant day in the world of elite athletics – disabled and able-bodied.
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