Paris - Oscar Pistorius was
drug-tested before and during last year's Paralympic Games in London, the
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said on Wednesday, adding that on both
occasions the results were negative.
"Oscar was tested
twice in London. First on August 25 in an out of comp (competition) test and
then also on September 8 in an in comp test. Both negative," IPC director of
media and communications Craig Spence said in emailed comments.
"He'll also have been
tested by IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) and South
African anti doping agency last year," he added.
The details came after
police investigating the death of Pistorius' girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at
his home last week told a court in Pretoria that they found testosterone and
needles in his bedroom.
Pistorius, who made history
last year by becoming the first double-amputee to run in the Olympics, is
accused of deliberately gunning down Steenkamp on Valentine's Day, February 14.
The first drug test in
London was four days before the Games opened while the second would have been
after he retained his T44 400m title for single and double below-the-knee
amputee sprinters on the last full day of competition.
But he appears not to have
been tested after winning silver in the 200m race or after coming fourth in the
blue riband 100m event.
Drug-testing came under the
spotlight at the Paralympics after organisers said that unlike at the Olympics
that preceded it, they would not drug-test every medal winner.
The president of the IPC's
anti-doping committee, Jose Antonio Pascual, said at the time that analysing
samples from every medallist would be impossible, as there were 503 golds on
offer compared with about 300 at the Olympics.
Pascual insisted, though,
that at least one medallist would be tested, alongside random testing of other
competitors, which he maintained was a strong enough deterrent to prevent
The IPC has its own
anti-doping code, which adheres to the general principles of the World
Anti-Doping Code and applies to all athletes both in and out of competition.
The list of prohibited
substances is the same as for non-disabled athletes.
Pistorius' lawyer, Barry
Roux, told the court that the substance found was a herbal remedy and he was
authorised to use it.
AFP asked the IPC whether
Pistorius had registered for an exemption of any substance for therapeutic use.
The organisation said: "That is confidential information that we cannot