Welcome to 2012 the year in which 25 year old Oscar Pistorius will become the first amputee to compete in track at the Olympics in London.
Yes, I hear the echo of equal opportunity as African drums vibrate at the London Olympics.
Those against the noble idea of giving PWD’s equal opportunities in South Sudan will argue that the story of Pistorius is farfetched and therefore divorced from reality.
They argue that it’s a story of a man who is taken care of very well, who happens to have been born in a country that is also Africa’s largest economy, South Africa.
Moreover Pistorius happens to be white and so I am sure someone must be saying that his emergence at the Olympics despite disability has everything to do supposedly with ‘racially based luck’.
With excuses and arguments in abundance like those above you could easily dismiss Pistorius’ story as being irrelevant considering the scheme of things in South Sudan.
You realise that even Pistorius had to fight battles in much the same way PWD’s in South Sudan should work torwads getting equal opportunities,
The New York Times reports that In 2008, the track federation declared Pistorius ineligible, citing advantages derived from his “bouncing” movement and his need for less oxygen and fewer calories than able-bodied athletes running at the same speed.
Pistorius challenged the ruling, appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, in Lausanne, Switzerland. The court voted unanimously to reverse the I.A.A.F. decision.
Now isn’t that story entertaining? I mean, does it make sense, Wait a minute Mr. Pistorius and readers. The Onlooker does not scribble stories to satisfy your urge to get high; this story is meant to be taken seriously. This story is about how people with disabilities are getting equal opportunities globally.
No more excuses ever
With Pistorius at the Olympics, closer home we do not want to hear any more excuses from, SSLA to Konyo-Konyo.
With all the battles that Pistorius had to go through before being allowed to compete in the Olympics this year you could say PWD’s should remain on track, fighting for what is noble.
Law makers and the Constitutional Review Committee should not give us any excuse this year, including that famous excuse ‘we are a baby nation’ that excuse is the surest way to trigger lazy laughter from a drunken man in his slumber.
PWD’s must receive from Law makers what they are supposed to get, in much the same way the Court of Arbitration for Sport reversed a ruling that would have barred Oscar Pistorius from the 2012 Olympics.
Members of the public should desist from name calling and discriminatory behaviour; they should emulate the multitudes that shall be cheering Pistorius as he does what he knows best on the track.