South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who was charged with murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp back in February, won’t be welcome at this July’s London Grand Prix in Olympic Stadium, even though he’s been cleared to travel for competition.
“It would overshadow every other athlete that was there,” UK Athletics Chair Ed Warner told BBC Radio. “It’s not about innocent or guilty, it’s about how you handle an individual with a difficult moral situation hanging over them.
“Anything might change,” Warner added. “He is in court before then, but based on what I know at the moment, it would be a ‘no’ if he rang this morning.”
Event organizers think the media circus that would surround Pistorius would overshadow the rest of the Grand Prix, which will probably be true of any event he would choose to compete in before a judgment comes down. Earlier this month the IPC cleared Pistorius to race at the Paralympic Worlds in France this July.
Pistorius’s murder trial has been adjourned until June 4.
PARIS (AP) — The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.
The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.
According to the international world games association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than 2 million players are licensed in 150 other countries.
Under new IOC rules, Olympic host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports to their games. Paris and Rome are among the five cities bidding for the 2024 Games, along with Los Angeles, Budapest and Hamburg.
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South Korean Olympic gymnast Shin Soo-ji made a triumphant return to the mound over the weekend and outdid her acrobatic 2013 first pitch.
Shin, who finished 12th in rhythmic gymnastics at Beijing 2008, added another gymnastics move to her wind-up before tossing a little bit high.
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