CNN reports on how former Olympian Michael Johnson believes that double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius shouldn’t have been considered “qualified” for the London Olympics:
Johnson, the former U.S. Olympic speed demon who now provides commentary for BBC, appears to be making a smooth transition from his days as Nike’s “world’s fastest man” to world’s biggest mouth this summer.
Coming on the heels of curious statements about the descendants of slaves being athletically superior, Johnson is now saying it’s “unfair” if Oscar Pistorius, aka Blade Runner, competes against able-bodied runners when it’s not clear whether he has an advantage, according to the Telegraph in London.
Pistorius was born without fibula bones and had his legs amputated below his knees before he turned 1. He still played several sports, including water polo, tennis and wrestling. After injuring his knee in a rugby match, Pistorius began running competitively in 2004 with the aid of the Flex-Foot Cheetah made by the Icelandic company, Össur.
Johnson says it isn’t personal against his friend, but rather a matter of following the rules. “‘It’s not about him as an individual; it is about the rules you will make and put in place for the sport which will apply to anyone, and not just Oscar.”
What do you think? Should Pistorius be allowed to compete in the Olympics this summer against runners without prosthetics?