I must say that I applaud the I.A.A.F.’s decision to not allow the Olympics to be turned into a carnival freakshow. This is good news for sports fans.
Track and field’s world governing body ruled on Monday that Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee sprinter from South Africa, is not be eligible to compete in Olympic qualifying events.
And who wants to watch folks without arms and legs competing against normal people? Besides, those who think it would be fair don’t have a leg to stand on.
The International Association of Athletics Federations explained in a statement that, after an independent scientific study, it deemed Pistorius’s state-of-the-art carbon fiber prosthetics “should be considered as technical aids which give him an advantage over other athletes not using them.”
Exactly. I say let the free market decide. If there’s a demand for a freakshow circus style Olympics where deformed people and steroid and PCP users are allowed to compete, someone will obviously start such a competition up. There is the Special Olympics, after all.
It’s also true that if deformed people are allowed in the normal Olympics, people will be repulsed and will shut off their sets. It’s a wise business decision to exclude mutants and drug users from competition. Besides, these people should be pitied, not exploited.
I will not be served if I enter a restaurant without conforming to their rules: no shirt, no shoes, no service. Therefore it is reasonable to require that athletes also maintain minimal standards in order to compete. No arms, no legs, no Olympics. I’m glad the Olympics has decided to put its foot down regarding this issue.
What say you?