Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Setback For Wheelchair Racers

Atholton's Tatyana McFadden lost her latest court fight to score points for her team in track meets as a wheelchair athlete, according to WaPo. A federal judge said state rules may be unfair but they do violate U.S. law. The state contended that it was following a 40 percent rule, in which at least 40 percent of schools must participate in an event for it to count. (Apparently this is why there are no diving and pole vaulting competitions). Maryland is planning wheelchair events in the upcoming state championships but so far only one other wheelchair athlete has entered.

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