Sprint Runner Oscar Pistorius Could Represent SA In Japan 2020


Convicted murderer and Paralympics sprint runner Oscar Pistorius could don South Africa’s rainbow colour sportswear at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Oscar’s chances of making it to the big sports event came to limelight when the South African Sports Confederation and Olympics Committee (sasco) chief executive, Tubby Reddy spoke to UK online publication MailOnline.

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Reddy said in the interview that it won’t be out of place to have Oscar return to the national team and fly South Africa’s flag in Japan.

He opined: “He would have paid his debt to society and will be back in society, living as a normal South African citizen. There is no rule that says he would not be able to participate.”

However, the sport organization refused to comment further on the matter.

Pistorius has won the Paralympic gold medal winner six times. Despite his six-year-jail term, which many considered ‘a slap on the wrist’, the blade runner is only expected to serve three years of his six-year jail term before he becomes eligible for parole, legal experts said.

And for such to take place, 32-year-old Pistorius would have a full year to train for the 2020 Paralympics.

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On February 14, 2013, Pistorius pumped Black Talon bullets into his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, who he mistook for an intruder. Oscar Pistorius was handed 6 years jail term for the murder.

The athlete had already served 12 months in jail for the fatal shooting. He was later sent back to prison after South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal upgraded his conviction from manslaughter to murder.

Handing down the judgement last week, Judge Thokozile Maspia said she believed there were “substantial and compelling” reasons why Oscar should not be handed the 15-year stipulated sentence for murder, including his obvious remorse and the fact he believed Steenkamp was an intruder.

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She argued: “Murder is always a very serious crime. The fact that the accused thought it was an intruder does not make it less serious.”

Masipa added that she disagrees with the state’s claim that Pistorius showed no genuine remorse.