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'Complete farce' to let Pistorius compete at Worlds, says scientist

Dr Ross Tucker feels that the double amputee “blade runner” gets a huge advantage from his prosthetic legs.

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DOUBLE-AMPUTEE RUNNER Oscar Pistorius should be banned from competing against able-bodied athletes, according to a sports scientist who feels that the South African’s blade “legs” give him an “enormous advantage.”

In an interview with Mike Rowbottom on Insidethegames.com, Dr Ross Tucker of the University of Cape Town slammed the decision to allow Pistorius enter this month’s World Championships and next year’s London Olympics as a “complete farce.”

In 2008, the 24-year-old was prohibited from running against able-bodied competition, but that decision was subsequently overturned by the Court of Arbirtration for Sport (CAS).

However, Rice maintains that the evidence presented to support Pistorius’ appeal was flawed, arguing that the athlete’s prosthetics allow him to conserve oxygen and give him an edge over his opponents.

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