Amputee runner skips meet due to dip in form

May 21st, 2008 - 3:31 pm ICT by admin  

Berlin, May 21 (DPA) South African amputee runner Oscar Pistorius will not compete at the Golden League series opener in Berlin June 1 because of a dip in his form, his manager said. “Oscar does not have the form to compete against the world elite at such a big event,” manager Peet van Zyl told the website of the Sport Bild weekly here Tuesday.

Berlin Golden League organisers invited Pistorius to their meet after the South African runner was cleared to compete against able-bodied athletes by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last week.

The ruling, which said that more research was needed whether Pistorius’ prothesis really gives him an unfair advantage over able-bodied runners, makes Pistorius also eligible to compete at the Beijing Olympics.

Zyl said that Pistorius first wants to qualify for the Paralympics and will come to Berlin in mid-June for an event of disabled athletes.

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