Amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius says IAAF doesn’t want him to compete in Olympics

Double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius, often referred to as the “blade runner” has accused the IAAF of trying to stop him from competing at the Beijing Olympics.

IAFF gave Pistorius approval to compete in the able-bodied Beijing Olympics. He would still however have to record an Olympic qualifying time, which he has since been unable to do. His final hope is compete for South Africa in the 4 by 400 meter relay.

“One of the comments they (IAAF) made was that they didn’t have the resources to check my prosthetic legs at every event, which kind of implies that I would try to cheat,” Pistorius said.

“Personally that’s not what I think sport is about and it’s kind of sad that they would feel that. I think it was the IAAF’s last desperate attempt to try and get me not to qualify.

“We went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to prove our point and unfortunately for them I came out on top. Since then there have been mixed messages from the IAAF, saying they welcome me at their events and then going back on it.
“It’s obviously an organisation that doesn’t know what’s going on its own body but it’s not my job to prove a federation right or wrong. It’s my job to be out on the track enjoying what I do.”

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Posted by Mike 11 years ago

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