Oscar Pistorius, South Africa's Blade Runner
They call him Blade Runner, a reference to the carbon fibre prosthetic legs that allow Oscar Pistorius to run.

He may already be a Paralympic World Record holder, but the South African has a bigger goal – to compete at the Olympics in Beijing next summer.

This weekend Pistorius will get the chance to compete against able-bodied athletes for the first time at a major international athletics meeting, so Sportsworld took the opportunity to meet the man affectionately known as "the fastest thing on no legs".

Team China

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Sportsworld continues to focus on football's Asian Cup. Wayne Hay presents this weeks programme from Bangkok, where the tournament kicked off on Saturday.

The sporting world is very much focused on China ahead of the Olympics in Beijing next summer.

The Chinese have expectations of hosting the greatest games in history, but for now their sporting hopes are pinned on Team China – the footballers representing them at the Asian Cup.

But as Sportsworld's Tony Cheng reports, their build up to the tournament has been far from ideal.

Aussies in Asia

Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok
Australia are the favourites to lift the Asian Cup, despite a disappointing draw in their opening match.

The Aussies caused controversy when they left the Oceania federation for the bright lights of Asia.

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold told Sportsworld why they made the move and what they are hoping to achieve.

Hope for Iraq

The troubles in Iraq are well documented, but throughout the troubles their football team has remained strong despite not being able to play in their home country.

Iraq have battled tragedy and adversity to reach the Asian Cup finals, but as Rahul Pathak found out the players are focused on trying to bring a little hope to their war-torn home.


For more information on the tournament visit the Asian Cup section of the Al Jazeera website.

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This episode of Sportsworld aired from 09 July 2007


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