Pistorius has not damaged Paralympic
movement, says IPC
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[September 12, 2014]
By Martyn Herman
LONDON (Reuters) - 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 his native South Africa and
"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 Pyeonchang.
"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.
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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
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.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; editing by Ken Ferris)
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