Oscar Pistorius’ agent seeks prison meeting to discuss running future
Oscar Pistorius’ agent said he and Pistorius’ longtime coach would like to see the runner in prison in the next few days to talk about his potential running future, according to The Associated Press.
Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, was sentenced Tuesday to a maximum of five years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He could serve less than a year of his sentence in jail and the rest under correctional supervision (such as house arrest).
The International Paralympic Committee said Pistorius can’t compete in its events, such as the Rio 2016 Paralympics, during his sentence, whether he’s serving it in prison or under correctional supervision.
The South Africa Olympic Committee issued the same mandate, according to the AP. The International Olympic Committee and track and field’s international governing body, the IAAF, have not commented on Pistorius’ eligibility.
South Africa’s sports minister believed Pistorius’ conviction and sentence marked “the end of the road” for the runner.
“I do not think Oscar will be able to come back in terms of athletics,” Fikile Mbalula told Cape Argus in South Africa. “For me, [Pistorius’ conviction and sentence] was the end of the road of his journey. It is unfortunate that it had to end in this manner, but the courts have spoken and we will respect their decision.”