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Oscar’s Olympic Dreams Saved by Reversal

OSCAR PISTORIUS advanced due to a “stunning” reversal by track’s international ruling body.

Oscar Pistorius’ Olympic run came close to ending on a sour note. The South African who is the first amputee to compete in track and field at the Olympics didn’t get a second chance to run. Though he was entered in the 4×400 relay, his teammate was injured before the baton was ever passed. However, track’s international ruling body said the South African team was obstructed, and allowed it to move on to the final. [Yahoo!]

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2 Responses to Oscar’s Olympic Dreams Saved by Reversal

  1. newdealdem1 August 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    I’m very happy to read about this reversal and stunned as well because these ruling bodies are almost always intractable. I really like this guy. He looks like a modern Greek God in that pictorial.

  2. TPAZ August 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    We all love inspiring and uplifting stories about individuals but this reversal is a very bad thing. Sports is one of the last places in which we still allow success or failure to stand. Remember the ABC sports program Wide World of Sports’ tagline: The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Failure is a part of life. We now live in a culture whereby banks are too big to fail; the economy cannot go into recession even though economic recessions are as natural as the four seasons.

    Every soldier is a hero and every child is now automatically exceptional until they walk into a Sikh temple or a midnight showing of Batman. If we can not see that reversing a sporting event final result is a corrosive aid to other rules being ignored in society, ultimately, the bad guys will exploit this (as if they don’t do this already) to their advantage and at our expense, again and again.

    On Wall Street, no one ever commits a crime and is punished anymore. Today, after being caught breaking the law, laws are retroactively modified so there was no crime or a fee is paid, without admitting quilt, and promising never to do it again. Oscar did nothing wrong but changing the rules to make us all feel better his participation isn’t right. One of my favorite pieces of film dialogue comes from Broadcast News when Albert brooks describes the devil and the tack he will take to seduce us:

    Oscar reached the Olympics excepting and following the rules; is that not enough?

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