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News round-up: Pistorius to compete in Olympics and Paralympics

Emma Emma | 11:28 UK time, Friday, 6 July 2012

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It was announced this week that South African sprinter, Oscar Pistorius, will represent his country at London 2012 in both the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Known as the Bladerunner due to the carbon fibre legs he wears while competing, Pistorius is set to be the first double amputee to run at the Olympics, having been selected to compete as part of South Africa's 400X400 relay squad.

He didn't obtain good enough times to qualify for the individual 400M event but is now permitted to take part in that too; a back door passport because he's now in the relay squad.

Oscar Pistorius hit the headlines and became one of the world's best known disabled athletes after it was questioned whether he should be allowed to run against able-bodied competitors. He was cleared in 2008 when an IAAF ruling that his blades gave him an unfair advantage was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Some still question whether he should be allowed to take part in the Olympics. As
Jim White reminds us in The Telegraph
: "There are those who maintain that the fact he runs on a pair of blades constructed of carbon fibre rather than flesh and bone makes it inappropriate for him to be at the games."

Pistorius will also compete at London's Paralympic Games in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and 4x100m relay.

Elsewhere in the news

There are some really meaty and interesting stories in disability news this week, take a look at our selection and feel free to leave comments

'Most realistic'
robot legs developed
(BBC News, Friday 6 July)

Gary McKinnon's extradition case adjourned for medical report (BBC News, Thursday 5 July)

Man and robot linked by brain scanner (BBC News, Thursday 5 July)

'Help needed' for people suffering from skin conditions (BBC News, Thursday 5 July)

Pistorius doesn't aim to just take part. Most disabled people do
(The Guardian, Thursday 5 July)

up jobs in NHS to students with learning disabilities
(The Guardian, Thursday 5 July)

Remploy workers vote to strike against factory closures (BBC News, Wednesday 4 July)

Was Jimmy Carr right about the Paralympics? (BBC News Magazine, Wednesday 4 July)

denied right to independent mental health advocates
(The Guardian, Wednesday 4 July)

Advice buckling under volume of calls over new benefits
(The Guardian, Wednesday 6 July)

disabled people failed by estate agents and property websites
(The Guardian, Wednesday 4 July)

you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism
(The Independent, Wednesday 4 July)

genes linked to arthritis could lead to new drugs: experts
(The Telegraph, Tuesday 3 July)

employing disabled people is the most difficult form of social enterprise
(The Guardian, Tuesday 3 July)

Not if defendants can't engage fully with the trial
(The Guardian, Saturday 30 June)

New brain scanner helps paralysed people spell words (BBC News, Friday 29 June)


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