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  •  I'm sorry the CAS was wrong (0+ / 0-)

    Soory, but he shouldn't be allowed to participate with ablebodied athletes. Here is the real scientific evidence that CAS ignored in exchange of a feel good story. Pistorius' team pulled a fast one by comparing his efficiency to that of distant runners. The problem is he's not a distant runner, he's a sprinter.

    Distant runners are more efficient runners than sprinters. If a sprinter is sprinting as efficiently as a distant runner runs, then something is wrong. And here there is something wrong. His Cheetah blades give him a mechanical advantage over ablebodied runners.

    It's proven quite clearly give him an unfair advantage over those with natural limbs.

    The CAS effectively nullified the valid scientific evidence in favor of advocates for Pistorius. It is the sport equivalent of jury nullification.

    It's a nice sentimental story. But your right to a nice sentimental story ends when you step on other people's toes.

    I'll be rooting against him.


    •  Solution is easy (and from your link) (2+ / 0-)
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      Shotput8, Samer

      Add weight to the blades to overcome mechanical/metabolic advantages.

      If we are going to go the route of rigorous empiricism, the solutions by definition are rigorously empirical as well.

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