Jailed Pistorius Banned Fron Paralympics

Oscar Pistorius was on Tuesday sentenced to five years imprisonment for killing his girl friend, and he will not be allowed to compete in International Paralympic Committee events for the duration of his five-year sentence.

The South African leg amputee sprinter, 27, has been jailed after being convicted of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

His defence lawyer said his client was expected to serve 10 months in prison, with the rest under house arrest.

The IPC’s ruling will mean Pistorius misses the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

In September, the IPC had said that it would not block Pistorius, who has won six gold medals at three Paralympic Games, if he had served his sentence and wanted to compete at Rio.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a U-turn or ban. What we’ve said throughout this is that we would respect whatever decision is made by the South African court,” said Craig Spence, director of communications for the IPC.

“In our rules, regardless of whether Oscar Pistorius is released early or not, it is still a five-year sentence so the earliest he would be able to compete – if he wanted to – is 2019.”


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