South African Athletics

Oscar banned from Rio Paralympics

2014-10-21 11:24

Cape Town - Oscar Pistorius will not be allowed to run in the Paralympics for the whole of his five-year jail term, even if he is released early under house arrest, a spokesperson for the organisers of the event said on Tuesday.

"He will not be able to compete for five years. For us he would have to serve the whole term even if he was released early," International Paralympic Committee spokesperson Craig Spence confirmed.

Pistorius, 27, was jailed for five years on Tuesday for culpable homicide over the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

A member of Pistorius's legal team, Roxanne Adams, said Pistorius could be transferred to house arrest after 10 months.

Pistorius, who was amputated below the knee at the age of 11 months, has won sprint gold medals at three Paralympic Games as well as competed in the 2012 London Olympics. He became known as "Blade Runner" because of his speed using carbon fiber blades.

The next Paralympics are in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 but the organisers said Pistorius could only consider competing if his sentence was reduced on appeal.

BBC Sports Editor, Dan Roan, confirmed the news on Twitter on Tuesday, quoting what he'd been told by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC):

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