Case Analysis: Gary Groover vs. International Association of Athletics Federation

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Case: Gary Groover (GG) v the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) If it please the Court, Gary Groover is a member of the Jamaican athletic team who receives a portion of his income by competing in professional triathlons, the other portion playing in a reggae band. He has only one hand and has petitioned our organization, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) to wear a technical device (a swim paddle) in order to compete on the swimming portion of the event. However, based on our current rules, and pertinent research, we believe this would offer Groover an unfair advantage over other athletes, citing their rule IAAF 144.2: (e) use of any technical device that incorporates springs, wheels or any other element that provides the user with an advantage over another athlete not using such a device. Your Honors, there is precedent in this case. Under the same rule, other athletes have been banned from certain competitions by the IAAF, again citing the idea that any artificial device, even if to even the playing field for the handicapped individual, constitutes an unfair advantage. Research showed that the "amputee received significant biomechanical advantages by the prosthesis in comparison to sprinting with natural human legs" (Arbitration CAS 2008.A.1480, 2008). We concede the point that Groover's "paddle" would not provide him any metabolic advantage, but maintain that despite his condition, the use of any artificial device

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