Double amputee sprinter expects ruling from CAS in two weeks

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Double
amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius will learn in two weeks
whether a ban on him competing at the Beijing Olympics will be
overturned, his manager said on Friday.

Pistorius, 21, who runs with carbon fiber blades attached
to both legs below the knees, took his case to the Court of
Arbitration for Sport (CAS) this week.

"We're happy that we at least had the chance to state our
case and present all the scientific evidence we have gathered,"
Pistorius's manager, Peet van Zyl, told Reuters on Friday after
the hearing in Lausanne, Switzerland.

"The hearing was very fair and there was a good spirit on
all sides. We're happy with the way it went," Van Zyl said,
adding that CAS had told them they would wait "not longer than
two weeks" for the verdict.

Pistorius, of South Africa, appealed to CAS against a ruling by the
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
barring him from competing at the August Games.

The IAAF ruled in January that he could not compete against
able-bodied athletes after a specially-commissioned study found
that the blades offered him a significant advantage.

Pistorius's scientists and IAAF experts presented evidence
this week before a three-man CAS panel comprised of a chairman
nominated by CAS, one person nominated by the IAAF and one put
forward by Pistorius's camp.

"One can never know how these things will go. It's in
someone else's hands now," Van Zyl added.

Pistorius won gold and bronze at the 2004 Athens
Paralympics and has competed mostly in able-bodied events in
his homeland. He has competed in two able-bodied competitions