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RUNNING IN THE OLYMPICS WITHOUT LEGS

Physical disability is no bar to live one's dream. In the
history of humankind there are many men and women who lived
their dream despite physical disability. The obvious names
which come to mind are those of Helen Keller, Stephen Hawking,
and numerous blind musicians and singer and poets.

Helen Keller was deaf and blind. Stephen Hawing suffers from a
disease known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which
is a progressive, usually fatal, neurodegenerative disease
caused by the degeneration of motor neurons, the nerve cells
in the central nervous system that control voluntary
muscle movement.

However, most of them had to revise their dreams to suit
their disability. Helen Keller could read only Braille,
Stephen Hawing lives in the world of mind (and theoretical
science) and many others excel in the fields unrelated to
their disability.

But here is the example of somebody who fought against all
odds and excelled in the same field for which he was not
well equipped.

This is the story of Oscar Pistorius who was born without
fibulas (the thin outer bone between the knee and ankle) and
was 11 months old when his legs were amputated below the
knee. He now uses prosthetics. Pistorius holds the 400m
Paralympic world record of 46.56 seconds, but that time is
outside the Olympic qualifying standard of 45.55. He
could also be included in South African Olympic 1,600 relay
squad.

On January 14, 2008, the International Amateur Athletics
Federation (IAAF), ruled him ineligible for competitions
conducted under the IAAF rules, including the 2008 Summer
Olympics. But on May 16, 2008, Court of Arbitration for
Sport (CAS) in Switzerland, overturned the ruling. And now
even IAAF says that it accepts the binding decision. Its
President said that he is an inspirational man and we look
forward to admiring his achievements in the future.

All this goes to prove that persistence and will power
overcomes all hurdles.

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