Monday, January 14, 2008

Disabled advantage


Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee athlete, has been ruled ineligible to compete at the Olympic Games by the International Association of Athletics Federations. The findings of a two-day independent investigation into whether Pistorius's prosthetic running limbs constituted an unfair advantage over other athletes were announced this morning.
They found the prosthetics do give Pistorius an advantage over able-bodied runners.

Inevitable, in hindsight. Does this mean prosthetics developed to help the disabled, and which have helped them to exceed the maximum natural performance levels in hearing, sight, strength, balance and speed will start to be used by the able-bodied in the future?

I think that's got to be a "yes".

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