Why It's Hard to Regulate the Equipment Used by Paralympians

Thursday, September 06, 2012

This summer Oscar Pistorius, the South African sprinter, became the first double amputee to ever compete in the Olympic Games. He ran on carbon-fiber prosthetics.

At the Paralympics, Pistorius was widely expected to win the men’s 200 meter finals last Sunday, but he lost the race to another double amputee, Alan Oliveira from Brazil. Pistorius, who is also known as 'Blade Runner,' complained and said he thought his rival’s racing blades were too long and gave him an unfair advantage. Pistorius initially called on the International Paralympic Committee to look closer at the issue of blade length, but he later apologized for the timing of his outburst.

Ed Hula, editor and founder of Around the Rings, the specialist magazine covering the Olympic and Paralympic movements, talks about the challenge of regulating the equipment used by athletes at the Paralympics.

Guests:

Ed Hula

Produced by:

Elizabeth Ross

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