South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius had an unforgettable showing at the 2012 Olympic Games. Pistorius was the first double leg amputee to run in the Olympics and had a successful showing in the men’s 400-meter race. He was also a key member of South Africa’s 4X400 meter relay team. Shortly after making history at the Olympic games, Pistorius set a couple of world records at the Paralympics. Pistorius had his legs amputated when he was just 13 months old. However, he has been an inspirational story to people across the globe throughout his illustrious sprinting career.
Looking for a new challenge, Pistorius recently announced that he would race an Arabian Horse this week at the Aspire Zone in Doha. The best part of the race is that it was created to highlight a campaign that promotes special contributions that have been made to the world by people with disabilities.
Although some were concerned about the safety of the horse, CNN reports that World Horse Welfare does not have any issues with the race. They will be running on a suffice surface, and as long as the horse is treated well, they only see positives that can stem from the race.
The event should be a horse race unlike any other that we have seen before. Congratulations to Pistorius for using the event as forum to promote a good cause. The only question we have is, “can he really run faster than a horse?”