Japanese luger disqualified from the Olympics

Japanese luger disqualified from the Olympics

Japan’s Aya Yasuda has been disqualified from the women’s luge event yesterday for being over weight. Actually Yasuda san was not overweight but here luge was at 132 pounds, Yasuda is the ideal size for luging. Because of a miscalculation, Yasuda brought too much ballast with her to weigh-ins for Tuesday’s competition. Lugers are allowed 13.1 kg of “additional weight.” Yasuda brought 13.3. There is no weight requirement for luge, women who weigh less than 75 kg  may make up 75 percent of that difference without going over the limit. Yasuda exceeded that limit by less than half a pound. Though Yasuda was not expected to be a medal contender ,at 27 years old this would have been her first Olympics. I find this situation really stupid  they should just have asked her to change her ballast. But no they had to disqualify her. It’s unfortunate and really sad that the equivalent of the weight of a Mc Donald cheeseburger would keep her from competing, especially when it’s the result of accidentally miscalculating a somewhat complex formula.


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