Oscar Vindicated Over Blade Length

Para athletics: World records to be reset following 2018 blade rule change (published by Athletics Weekly on 14th July).

“World records held by athletes including Britain’s Richard Whitehead and Dutch sprinter Marlou van Rhijn will be reset after this year following the news that new rules for double leg amputee classes are to be introduced from 2018.

World Para Athletics has announced it will bring in a new formula to calculate the maximum allowable standing height (MASH) for double leg amputees from January 1, 2018, meaning any world and regional records set by athletes competing in below-knee T43/F43 and above-knee T42/F42 double leg amputee classes before this time will be archived. New record marks will be established at the end of the 2018 season.

The decision to implement the new formula comes after a study – initiated in 2006 by the World Para Athletics Classification Research Project – revealed that the current MASH formula “systemically overestimates athlete height”.

Given the correlation between blade length and stride length, longer blades can provide a longer stride and therefore faster times.

Although some T43/F43 and T42/F42 records may have been set with blades which will be allowed under the new rules, because they were recorded when rules allowed a greater maximum standing height, they will all be reset.

[] South Africa’s six-time Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius had been among those to question the rules regarding blade length in 2012 after he was beaten to the Paralympic 200m title in London by Brazil’s Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira.

“The allegations from Oscar at that moment in time, they were not founded because everybody competing had their blade length legitimate under the rules,” Van de Vliet explained at a recent World Para Athletics classification workshop held ahead of the London 2017 championships.

“Discussions prompted us to look at the overall blade length, whether the formula we applied was an appropriate one. That formula was somewhat outdated.””

You can read the full article here

Don Elgin: I Believe Oscar

Former Paralympian pentathlete, Australia’s Don Elgin, stands by Oscar in an interview with the UK’s The Guardian:

“I need to be clear: I believe Oscar. I believe him not because he’s a mate but because I watched the trial. His story hasn’t changed. What he said, I listened to, I thought about, and I can understand why you would be in that situation. What we don’t do well as humans…we don’t like the fact that people can make an honest mistake. OK, someone lost their life. That’s a fucking big mistake. But we want blood for mistakes.

“Should he be punished? Sure he should. It was bloody reckless. But was it deliberate intent for murder? I doubt it.”

Read the rest of what he has to say here.

Australia's Don Elgin

Australia’s Don Elgin

A Glaring Ray of Hope

For all those who perhaps missed it, below is the link to a short news interview on 09 Dec 2015 with Chrispen Machingura, confirming that Oscar will be appealing to the Constitutional Court, and that his chances are good:

https://www.enca.com/south-africa/oscar-has-good-chance-constitutional-court-says-attorney-0

I believe in the power of agreement over a matter and so, Mr Machingura, I will agree with you that Oscar’s chances are good. I will not let my mouth speak the despondency and discouragement that I have felt because of how it all seems, but, I will simply agree with you in faith.

Suné

Chaeli Mycroft aims to become the first female quadriplegic to climb Kilimanjaro

Dear friends,

we’ve featured The Chaeli Campaign on our website before, it’s one of the charities Oscar was involved with. 

Today we became aware of Chaeli’s latest goal – to become the first female quadriplegic to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. 

Chaeli is climbing Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and funds for The Chaeli Campaign – specifically for their Inclusive Education Programme and Chaeli Cottage Inclusive Pre-school and Enrichment Centre run from Chaeli Cottage. There is a website where the public can follow Chaeli’s progress on Kilimanjaro in real-time: http://www.discoverafrica.com/teamwork/ 

We were asked to share this worthy cause with Oscar’s supporters, so here we are and invite you to have a look and share this project wherever you can. 

Thank you!