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IAAF reject Pistorius criticism

16 July 2007
www.timesonline.co.uk

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have responded to comments made by Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee South African sprinter, in which he criticised their approach to evaluating his eligibility for competition in able-bodied events.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have responded to comments made by Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee South African sprinter, in which he criticised their approach to evaluating his eligibility for competition in able-bodied events.

Pistorius, who has become known as 'blade runner' due to his carbon-fibre curved blades, competed in recent able-bodied meetings at Rome and Sheffield, but his presence in future events such as the Beijing Olympics next year will depend on the IAAF investigation into whether his appendages provide mechanical assistance, and hence give him an advantage.

"We believe these are technical aids," Nick Davies, the IAAF communications director, said." We are giving him the benefit of the doubt by doing research on his blades."

Pistorius has been critical of the lack of communication he has received during the evaluation process and the imposition of a temporary ban he says affected his preparation. "Nobody has talked to me," he said.

"They have things to rectify and it is their duty to do the necessary testing to clear up this matter. The ban they implemented made me go back to a winter training schedule but then four weeks ago when they lifted it I had to go back to a summer schedule, so it has stuffed up my season," he said.

Davies, however, refutes the 20-year-old's claims. "The fact is he's never been banned. We have a rule that basically forbids technical aids. We've got nothing against disabled athletes. What we did four weeks ago was not re-instate him but actually clarify he wasn't banned, that he could run. I just think he needs to calm down a little bit and to respect us as well, and the fact that we're paying for the research - he isn't."

Pistorius finished last place in the 400 metres at Norwich Union Grand Prix on Sunday, 2.4 secs behind winner Angelo Taylor. Footage from the race, along with that from his performance in Rome, where he was disqualified for running outside his lane, will be analysed as part of the IAAF investigation.

The South African has said he will fight any decision banning him from competing with able-bodied athletes.



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