London - Oscar
Pistorius's conviction for culpable homicide after shooting dead his
girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp will not harm the profile of the Paralympic
movement, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said on Friday.
Double amputee Pistorius, an icon for the Paralympic movement
and instrumental in its rise in popularity, was convicted on Friday
after a lengthy trial that has gripped South Africa and the
"Since it started this trial has no impact on our activities,"
IPC chief executive Xavier Gonzalez said in a statement on Friday,
following the conclusion of the trial.
"That will not change. The trial has had no negative impact on
the Paralympic movement. Since London and Sochi 2014 we have seen an
incredible growth in all aspects of our activities and we are looking
forward positively to Rio and Pyeongchang.
"Oscar was a fundamental ambassador of the Paralympic movement
in the period between 2008 and 2012. Since then the Paralympic movement
has many other ambassadors and many other athletes that have been
"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 statement added.
Pistorius will be sentenced in the week beginning October 13, 2014.
Craig Spence, the International Paralympic Committee director of media
and communications, added: “Oscar’s done a great deal
for the Paralympic movement. He’s been an inspiration to millions, but
obviously his priority now is to see (what) the judge decides. And then
if he wishes to resume his athletics career then we wouldn’t step in his
way – we would allow him to compete again in the future.”
Pistorius, nicknamed the Blade Runner, won six gold medals in
three Paralympics and took athletes with physical disabilities into the
mainstream, competing in able-bodied races at the London 2012 Olympics.
He also competed at the 2011 world championships and won a silver medal in the 4x400m relay, though he did not run in the final.