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Blade sprinter set to appeal IAAF block

14 January 2008

Oscar Pistorius Oscar Pistorius
South African ‘blade sprinter’ Oscar Pistorius will take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after he was blocked from competing in this summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) barred the double amputee from participating in Beijing because his prosthetic legs were deemed an unfair advantage.

“We would have to sit down with our legal team in terms of the way forward,” Pistorius’ agent Peet van Zyl told BBC Radio Five Live. “I am disappointed, but the natural feeling from our side would be to appeal the verdict and see what avenues we can take forward.”

He added: “Oscar wants to prove that he isn’t getting an advantage.”

World athletics’ governing body announced their decision on Monday morning after studying the findings of a two-day independent scientific investigation held last November.

They now believe there is “overwhelming scientific evidence” that the 21-year-old South African blades are technical aids in clear contravention of IAAF rules, and as it stands he will be denied his dream to compete for his country at the 2008 Games over 400 metres.

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