I came across this video produced for the main sponsor of the Paralympic Games this year, Samsung. You can watch it below.
I think that it gives a very exciting and refreshing insight into the Paralympic games and athlete who will compete for the best awards next week. This is especially exciting this year after Oscar Pistorius from South Africa managed to work his way through the hurdles laid down by the IAAF and was able to compete in the regular Olympics last month as explained in this London Telegraph article:
“Pistorius secured his place in sporting history by becoming the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics. He will be back in a few weeks to add to his haul of Paralympic titles, but the impact of the 95 seconds or so he spent in competitive action will reverberate longer in the sport than anything he achieves next month.
Pistorius fought for the right to compete against able-bodied athletes, pursuing the IAAF to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after it ruled that his blades offered an advantage over able-bodied rivals.
The notion that a man without legs could have an edge over his able-bodied rivals seems like an affront to common sense, but Pistorius challenges preconceptions on many levels.
He has long been accepted by his rivals. Kirani James of Grenada, the reigning world 400m champion who finished first ahead of Pistorius, demonstrated his respect for the South African by making a point of swapping numbers with him after the race.”
So let’s give all athletes a huge support! I say, Respect.