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“Pistorious is Free to Return to the Track” – Paralympic Committee

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British Olympic Ball - ArrivalsLagos (NAN) The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said on Friday that  Oscar Pistorius, a Paralympic champion found guilty of culpable homicide, is free to compete as soon as he has served his punishment.

The South African sprinter, who shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14 last year is due to receive his sentence in October from Judge Thokozile Masipa in Pretoria, South Africa.

A statement from the  IPC spokesman, Craig Spence, has confirmed that the athlete will not be barred from returning to the track.

The statement added that the athlete could also participate at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil if he is free by then.

“Yes, we would allow him to compete if he is clear to do so and has served his punishment.

“We have got to allow him to compete once he has satisfied the requirements of the South African legal system.

“Obviously, we have to wait to see what his sentence will be, whether it will be a custodial sentence, and if so, for how long, the stated said.

The IPC spokesman, however, noted that the athlete will face several hurdles ahead of him before returning to the track.

“Can he still reach the qualifying criteria for either the Paralympics or World Championships?

“Will the South African Paralympic Committee [South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee] select him for events? And finally, perhaps most importantly, does Oscar Pistorius want to come back to competing?”.

He added “At the moment we don’t know the answer to any of these questions.

“But regardless of what happens, you can’t question what Oscar has done for the Paralympic Movement.

It said. Pistorius, known as “Blade Runner”, won gold in the T44 200 metres at Athens 2004 before claiming three gold medals at Beijing 2008 in the T44 100m, 200m and 400m.

He also won two gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics in the T44 400m and the T42-T46 4x 100m relay.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Fred Duval

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13 Comments

  1. Colour Purple

    September 13, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    KMT! No justice for the victims anymore….sad!

  2. khaleesi

    September 13, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    rubbish! useless murderer

  3. Vanessa

    September 13, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    What? That wa so damn quick! Like they knew what the judgement would be. I just wish he proves the judge wrong, just like O.J. Simpson. This judge really spoiled our week-end, seriously.

  4. Tochini

    September 13, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    If he was black…

  5. ibadi aran

    September 14, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Another woman will fall in love wirh this one. So sad.

    • troll 101

      September 14, 2014 at 5:00 am

      No, Oscar is gonna date Bruno next….

  6. KeepingItReal

    September 14, 2014 at 3:52 am

    His evil deeds will definitely catch up on him. You’ll still see women who are willing to date him in a heartbeat. This might not be the first time, this crook os getting away with unseen murders

  7. Stacey

    September 14, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Through men justice will not prevail, but to God it will be a different story. God will punish him severely regardless of his status and wealth. He knows he killed Eva in cold blood and for his action and for showing no remorse, he will never find peace. Your conscious will shout murder at you every single day of your life, for persecution will be your daily bread. You will not prosper and any gold you make will be turned into cement. Even if you do not go to jail, hell is knocking on your doorstep. You will turn to drug, alcoholism and spend your gold on prostitutes.

    • S!

      September 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      The victim’s name is Reeva not Eva. ITK!

  8. Halia

    September 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I cringed as I listened to that judge. I wonder if money is involved because this man is guilty! From head to toe! Defiantly an element of race involved too… Sigh #nojustice

  9. Halia

    September 14, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    *definitely

  10. Jackie Onassis

    September 14, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    He will end up bad… I can just see it: Disease, car accident, murder… GOD does not sleep

  11. jhennique

    September 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

    wow! i used to feel sorry for this guy but he obviously has anger issues. the kinda anger where its like a different oersonality in action. and until the damage is done he doesnt come back to his senses. Insecurity issues? growing up daddy issues? mental instability? double personality disorder? or posessed by a demon? he needs help!

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