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/ 16 May 2008

Olympics in sight after Pistorius wins appeal

Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius won his appeal on Friday and can compete for a place in the Beijing Olympics. The Court of Arbitration (CAS) for Sport ruled that the 21-year-old South African is eligible to race against able-bodied athletes, overturning a ban imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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/ 2 May 2008

Pistorius Games verdict expected in two weeks

South African double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius will learn in two weeks whether a ban on him competing at the Beijing Olympics will be overturned, his manager said on Friday. Pistorius (21), who runs with carbon-fibre blades attached to both legs below the knees, took the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport this week.

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/ 30 April 2008

Pistorius to hear Games fate soon

South African double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius should know within three weeks if he can compete at the Beijing Olympics, an official for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday. ”We have been asked to deliver a decision as soon as possible,” CAS secretary general Mathieu Reeb said on the last day of Pistorius’s two-day hearing.

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/ 2 April 2008

Court to hear Pistorius, Gatlin appeals

Appeals by South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) this month and next, the Lausanne-based court said. Pistorius’s hearing will take place on April 29 and 30 and Gatlin’s will follow on May 28 and 29, CAS said.

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/ 28 March 2008

Slim pickings for SA at Olympic Games

With just four months to go before the Beijing Olympics only eight South African track and field athletes have achieved qualifying times. Athletics South Africa says there is nothing to worry about. This is despite the fact that South Africa won no medals at the last two International Association of Athletics Federations world championships in Finland and Japan.

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/ 7 March 2008

Doubling the effort

Running on a track filled with stones, while simultaneously ducking footballs and learner drivers, are some of the daily challenges the sensational middle-distance runners, Lebogang and Lebo Phalula, face in their bid for the 2008 Beijing Olympics this August.

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/ 14 February 2008

Pistorius not giving up without a fight

Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius has asked world sport’s highest court to overturn a ruling that he is ineligible to compete in the Olympics. The International Association of Athletics Federations ruled last month that the South African cannot participate in the Beijing Games because his prosthetics give him a clear competitive advantage.