One Olympics Rule May Be Thrown Out Of The Rulebook Since It Is Ruining Athletes’ Lives
21-year-old French hurdler Wilhem Belocian’s life was completely shattered when he was disqualified for a single false start during his race. A false start happens when a racer starts the race before all of his competition. Sometimes it happens out of nerves, other times it’s blatant. Not one race is counted valid if there is a false start from any of the competitors.
The penalty for a false start is a disqualification. Such a rule is being called by The Washington Post as the “cruelest rule in the Olympics” and for good reason: it ruins athletes lives.
Belocian was in utter disbelief in his disqualification.
The rule was implemented 6 years ago so that the track meets would be sped up, which were slowed down at times by false starts.
After seeing Belocian’s heartbreaking reaction, there is no way you can’t feel bad for the guy. In fact, the internet began calling an end to that unfair rule.
We’ll have to be patient and wait to see the Olympic panel’s verdict.
Article: NBC Sports