Prodigy

No Cheetah Blades in Beijing

By: Ben Preiss - Published: Jan 16, 2008 • References: telegraph and news.yahoo
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 “a 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.