Athletics

Court overturns ban on visually impaired Irish ultra-runner

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Paris  - A visually-impaired Irish ultra-runner will race at this weekend's 24-hour able-bodied world championships in southern France after a court overturned a ban, her lawyer told AFP on Friday.

Sinead Kane, 37, was originally told by the International Association of Ultrarunners' (IAU) she would not be able to compete in Albi as she runs with a guide.

Kane took the case to a court in Monaco which decided the IAU were discriminatory after the governing body had changed its rules regarding guide-runners earlier in the week.

Due to the IAU's regulations Ireland did not select her for the event.

"It's an historic decision which could make a precedent in favour of disabled people," Kane's lawyer Stephane Pages said.

Kane, the world's only elite-level visually-impaired ultra-runner, will represent Ireland on Saturday after having reached the required qualifying standard when she ran 204.5km in April.

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