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Pistorius agrees to undergo tests

26 July 2007
bbc.co.uk

Oscar Pistorius has agreed to work with athletics authorities to try to discover if his artificial legs give him an unfair advantage.

The Paralympic champion, 20, had both legs amputated below the knee as a child and runs on carbon fibre blades.

The International Amateur Athletics Federation will pay for the research, which will not start before October.

"There is much at stake for the future of amputee athletes and I applaud the IAAF for recognizing that," he said.

"By aligning experts from prosthetics and biomechanics I believe we will be able to put this issue to rest one way or the other."

Pistorius had previously accused the IAAF of lacking respect after it secretly filmed him during a Grand Prix meeting in Rome last month.

But he will now take part in laboratory tests with Professor Peter Bruggemann, who is an expert in athletics biomechanics.



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