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People used to smash their toes with hammers

December 6, 2010

Tomorrow evening at 8pm, Radio 4s Peter White is going to look at the case for reforming the Paralympics.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Paralympics, Peter White explores the preparations for the next games and investigates past and potential inconsistencies underlying them. He hears the athletes’ stories and draws on archive from the past to contextualise today’s debates and look forward to 2012.

They trailed the programme on Radio 4 today which included the amazing assertion from Daily Telegraph sports journalist Gareth A Davies that cheating used to ‘definitely’ go on in the past : ‘People used to smash their toes with hammers, because they had no feeling in their toes but the body still responds with adrenaline… sprinters pegging their catheter to increase their performance’.

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