Leeper’s application for world competition with prosthetic leg rejected

Jakarta (medialnews) – The World Athletics Organization has rejected requests from America’s disabled athlete Blake Leeper to run with certain prosthetics (RSP) so that the athlete is threatened with not being able to compete in the Olympics and other international sporting events.

The organization claims that the passive mechanics of the elastic carbon fiber blades used by Leeper gave him a foot length of 104 centimeters and his standing height of 184 centimeters. This gives Leeper a competitive advantage over other athletes who do not use such aids.

World Athletics has Maximum Allowed Height (MASH) rules that prevent athletes with disabilities from “overcompensating missing limbs” and those rules were enforced in Leeper’s case.

The move means Leeper cannot compete with the new RSP at international sporting events … or the Olympics, the World Athletics Organization said in a statement.

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The Leeper is only allowed to use his prosthesis in other international competitions, but the race result will not be recognized and will be listed separately.

In October, Leeper lost his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the ban on using his prosthetic leg which allowed him to compete with able-bodied athletes, ending his chances of competing in the Tokyo Olympics.

Leeper, 31, born with no legs below the knee, finished fifth in the 400 meters at the 2019 U.S. Championships but is banned from competing at the upcoming World Championships in Doha.

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Journalist: Junaydi Suswanto
Editor: Teguh Handoko

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