Oscar Pistorius, South Africa's double-amputee sprinter, was ruled ineligible to compete in the Beijing Olympics because his prosthetic racing legs give him a clear competitive advantage by the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations).
The IAAF's executive Council said the runner's curved, prosthetic "Cheetah" blades were considered a technical aid in violation of the rules. Cited were studies by German professor Gert-Peter Brueggemann indicating that the blades provide â€œa demonstrable mechanical advantage (more than 30 percent) when compared to someone not using the blade." Pistorius will still be able to compete in the Paralympics.
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