South African Athletics

Oscar: No comment from IPC

2014-09-12 12:53
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Oscar Pistorius (File)
Berlin - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has refused to comment on South African athlete Oscar Pistorius being found guilty of culpable homicide on Friday.

"Following today's verdict, our thoughts remain with all those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy, in particular the family and friends of Reeva Steenkamp who sadly lost her life in this incident," the IPC said in a statement.

"Throughout this case, the IPC has stressed the importance of differentiating between Oscar's contribution to the Paralympic Movement and his private life.

"As a sports organisation, it would be unwise for the IPC to comment on the conclusion of a court case that is not related to sport."

But IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez did say in a short recorded interview that the trial has not had an impact on Paralympic activities and that would not now change with the verdict.

Pistorious became the first amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes at the Olympics when he raced the 400 metres and 4x400m relay at the 2012 London Games.

At the 2012 Paralympics he won gold in both the 400 metres and 4x100m relay, for a total tally of six gold, one silver and one bronze at the Paralympics since 2004

South African judge Thokozile Masipa could send Pistorius to prison for several years having found him guilty, but she could also give him a suspended sentence which could maintain his hopes of returning to sport.


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