Blake Leeper. (Twitter Picture)
World Athletics have rejected an software from American double amputee Blake Leeper to run on specific operating particular prostheses (RSPs), stopping him from competing within the Olympics or World Athletics occasions.
The governing physique mentioned the mechanical passive-elastic carbon-fibre blades gave him a leg size of 104 centimetres and a standing top of 184 centimetres, which supplies him a aggressive benefit over athletes not utilizing such aids.
World Athletics has a Most Allowable Standing Top (MASH) rule that forestalls disabled athletes from “over-compensating for the absence of a lacking limb” and was utilized in Leeper’s case.
“The choice means Mr Leeper can not compete carrying these new RSPs at World Athletics’ main worldwide occasions… or the Olympic Video games,” World Athletics mentioned in a press release on Monday.
Leeper might be allowed to make use of the blades in different worldwide competitions however his outcomes is not going to be recognised and they are going to be listed individually.
In October, Leeper misplaced his attraction on the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in opposition to a ban on the operating blades that permit him to compete with able-bodied athletes, which ended his possibilities of participating on the Tokyo Olympics.
Leeper, 31, who was born with out legs beneath the knees, completed fifth within the 400 meters on the U.S. championships in 2019 however was barred from competing on the subsequent world championships in Doha.