this Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 file photo Germany's Markus Rehm
makes a world record jump of 7.14 meters in the men's long
jump F42/44 final during the athletics competition at the
2012 Paralympics, in London. The German athletics federation
has excluded an amputee long jumper from its squad for the
upcoming European Championship, saying his carbon-fiber
prosthesis gives him an unfair advantage it was reported
Wednesday July 30, 2014. Paralympics champion Markus Rehm
won the long jump competition at the German nationals last
weekend with an effort of 8.24 meters.
Germany — A German amputee long jumper will not contest the
decision by his national federation to exclude him from the
upcoming European Championships.
champion Markus Rehm, however, said Thursday he would use all
means at his disposal to prove that his carbon-fiber prosthesis
does not give him an unfair advantage, as argued by the German
Athletics Federation (DLV) in leaving him off the team.
Rehm won the long
jump at the German nationals last weekend with an effort of 8.24
meters (27 feet, ½ inch). As German champion, that would normally
qualify him for the Aug. 12-17 Euros in Zurich.
"If it is
proven that I had an advantage because of the prosthesis, I will
have all my jumps annulled and I will give my title back,"
Rehm said at a news conference. "More analysis is needed
until a comprehensive picture is achieved."
The DLV said
biometric measurements conducted at the nationals showed that
Rehm's prosthesis might give him an unfair "catapult
effect" that allows him longer jumps. He was also faster by a
second per meter at takeoff.
"I am not
going to take any judicial steps," Rehm said. "But I
will use all possibilities to prove that I got no advantage.
People should not think that I won only because of the prosthesis.
That would be an extremely false idea."
Rehm and other
experts have questioned the measuring method used by the
federation, saying it did not provide a complete picture.
During a morning
television appearance, Rehm said not appealing the federation's
ruling was a matter of "fair play."
of European Championships is over for me," he said.
Rehm said he had
respect for other athletes, did not want to cause confusion and
wanted to "remain fair."
said Thursday it would conduct further tests and would consult
with the German Olympic Committee.
The case has
parallels to that of Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee South
African runner who went to court to win the right to compete in
the 2012 London Olympics.
Pistorius waged a
four-year battle to win eligibility to compete in the Olympics.
The IAAF banned him from running in its events on grounds that his
carbon-fiber blades gave him an unfair advantage, but he won a
court case in 2008 that allowed him to compete. He ran in the 400
and 4x400 relay at the 2011 world championships and 2012 London
Pistorius is now
on trial in South Africa for murder after he fatally shot
girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14, 2013. The trial is on a
break ahead of closing arguments on Aug. 7-8.