Pistorius will be in the Olympics...

Hmmmm.......

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05/07/2012 at 21:40

I have heard of non disabled people involving themselves in various wheel chair sports.  What if a non disabled person beat David Wier in a wheelchair race, We all disregard Joshua Cassidy's 1:18 marathon time, because he used a wheel chair.  Hey it's just a question!  Personally, it would never even cross my mind to put on a wheelchair before I went for a run.

05/07/2012 at 21:43

In fact, if I were disabled, I might not have the strength to get out of bed in the morning.  So, respect to all disabled athletes and huge respect to all you para-olympians.

Dark Vader    pirate
05/07/2012 at 21:45
King Kong wrote (see)

I have heard of non disabled people involving themselves in various wheel chair sports.  What if a non disabled person beat David Wier in a wheelchair race, We all disregard Joshua Cassidy's 1:18 marathon time, because he used a wheel chair.  Hey it's just a question!  Personally, it would never even cross my mind to put on a wheelchair before I went for a run.

Hey..  now that's an interesting thought...  so...  what if, for example, an able-bodied javelin thrower sat in a wheel chair and competed against a genuinely disabled javelin thrower...  and the able-bodied guy beat him and broke a world record...   would it count..?

  

05/07/2012 at 22:02

I can totally dig the inclusive ideal of able bodied people using a wheel chair to play basketball with the disabled, and I'm sure it's great fun!  It must be a fantastic affirmative and bonding experience for both groups. 

Oscar Pistorias, taking part in able bodied olympics, is somewhere else, without his blades, fine.  There is a deeper question here about why Oscar wants to do it, why he feels that a para-olympic gold is less valid than an olympic gold (more likely bronze or nothing at all), and why that is such a difficult question to the people that access this forum who in thier vast majority are able bodied.

05/07/2012 at 22:03

Are there any able bodied wheel chair basket-ball players out there?  I'd love to hear from you.

05/07/2012 at 22:24
The Science thing is a total red herring. When a race is won or lost on 0.01seconds or even less then how can any evidence be so accurate to be of any use. Common sense reasoning is a much better guide. Level playing fields are created by everyone having the opportunity to use the same gear. As KKong says, whats so wrong with winning a gold in the paraolympics?
05/07/2012 at 22:31

NLR where did you come from?  Are you feeling yourself?

06/07/2012 at 09:36
Sorry I had to shoot off to watch Johnny Rotten on QT.

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