Oscar Pistorius Receives His Day In Court

Tue Apr 1, 2008 10:27am EDT

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LONDON, NEW YORK and JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, April 1, 2008
/PRNewswire/ -- Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee runner who is seeking to
qualify for the 400m event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but who was banned
from doing so by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
-- announced today that the appeal of his status before the Court of
Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has been scheduled for a hearing on April 29 and
30.  This timing should permit a decision with enough time for Mr. Pistorius
to continue his quest to qualify for the Olympics.
Mr. Pistorius recently submitted his appeal brief to the CAS, together
with test results which rebut the IAAF's assertion that Mr. Pistorius has an
advantage over able-bodied runners.  The testing of Mr. Pistorius was
performed by a world renown team of experts led by Professor Hugh M. Herr of
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and including Professor Rodger Kram
of the University of Colorado, Dr. Jean-Benoit Morin of the University of
Saint-Etienne in France, Professor Peter G. Weyand of Rice University,
Professor Matthew W. Bundle of the University of Wyoming, Dr. Craig P.
McGowan, who is conducting research at the University of Texas at Austin and
the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Dr. Alena Grabowski, who is
conducting research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  The CAS
arbitration panel will review the matter without any required deference to the
IAAF's decision to ban Mr. Pistorius.
    In response to the expedited schedule being set, Mr. Pistorius said:  "I
am very appreciative of the Court of Arbitration for Sport setting a schedule
that will allow a decision in time for me to pursue my goal of qualifying for
the Olympics.  This case is important not just to me, but to all disabled
persons who just ask for the chance to compete fairly on the sporting field
with able-bodied athletes."
Mr. Pistorius is represented in the case, on a pro bono basis, by the
international law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf, with a team headed by partners
Jeffrey Kessler, Marco Consonni and David Feher.  Mr. Kessler said:  "We look
forward to presenting the evidence to the panel.  Oscar will finally get his
chance to be heard."  The experts who conducted the testing of Mr. Pistorius
also are working on this matter without any compensation.
    About Dewey & LeBoeuf:
    Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP is a full-service law firm, providing legal counsel
throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the United States.  With
over 1,400 attorneys in virtually every major capital market, the firm
represents national and international corporations, financial institutions and
government agencies in their most complex legal matters.  For more
information, visit our Web site at www.dl.com.
SOURCE  Dewey & LeBoeuf

Jeffrey Kessler, +1-212-259-8050, jkessler@dl.com, or Marco Consonni,
+39-02-3030-9330, mconsonni@dl.com, or Simon Marshall, +44-20-7459-5347,
smarshall@dl.com, or David Feher, +1-212-259-8070, dfeher@dl.com, or Angelo
Kakolyris, +1-212-424-8187, akakolyris@dl.com, all of Dewey & LeBoeuf
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