Brazilian Olympic Officials Extend Invitation to Pistorius

Officials from the Olympic and Paralympic games in Brazil had said they would welcome Oscar Pistorius in 2016 should the runner be declared eligible.

Pistorius was last week found guilty of negligently killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He has been sentenced to a five-year jail term, but is expected to be released after 10 months.

Oscar Pistorius. Image: www.mirror.co.uk

Oscar Pistorius. Image: www.mirror.co.uk

However South African Olympic and Paralympic officials say that Pistorius will not receive their blessing to compete until the full five year sentence is served.

Rio communications director Mario Andrada said, “He was judged by the South African judicial system. As soon as he fulfils his obligations with that system he will be a free man and a free man is entitled to compete wherever he wants.

“We have to keep in our prayers and thought both families. It was a tragedy … but he will be welcome in Brazil like anybody else”

Pistorius (also known as the Bade Runner) was the first Paralympian to race alongside able-bodied runners at the Olympics. He competed in the 400m and the 4x400m relay in the London Olympics, in 2012.

He then competed in the Paralympics claiming gold in the 400m and 4x100m. But he was controversially beaten in the 200m by Alan Oliveira. Pisotrius claimed Oliveira had an unfair advantage by using longer blades. Animosity has simmered between the two ever since.

The Rio organisers would love for them to compete against each other again.

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