A PARALYMPIC gold medalist has been disqualified from swimming in a European championship race because his TATTOO ‘breaches copyright, according to The Sun. Josef Craig, 19, who has cerebral palsy, was banned from competing after failing to cover up his tattoo of the Olympic rings.
But the International Olympic Committee has ruled the protected symbol is their “exclusive property” – and cannot be used without permission. Despite the tattoo symbolising the moment he won the men’s 400m freestyle event in the 2012 games, Josef was barred from the final of IPC European Championships S8 100m freestyle.
Olympic diver Tom Daley famously got a tattoo of the rings after winning bronze in the individual 10m platform dive in the 2012 London games. Josef was catapulted into the sporting spotlight at just 15-years-old after smashing two world records on his way to Paralympic gold.
Since then the swimmer from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, has won a number of medals in competitions across the world. The disqualification comes just days after Josef achieved a qualifying time for the Paralympic Games in Rio this summer. The swimmer is currently competing at the championships in Funchal, Madeira and was unavailable for comment but will still be eligible to compete in S8 400m freestyle.
The International Paralympic Committee rules state: “Body advertisements are not allowed in any way whatsoever (this includes tattoos and symbols)”. No one from the IPC was available for comment.