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Oscar Pistorius reportedly is dropped by his blade manufacturer

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The Iceland company that manufactured Oscar Pistorius‘ running blades used since at least 2004 cut ties with the first double amputee to run at the Olympics, two weeks into his murder trial.

“We’re no longer sponsoring Oscar Pistorius,” Ossur Chief Financial Officer Sveinn Solvason said, according to the New York Daily News.

Pistorius was known as the “Blade Runner” for his feats on Ossur’s “Flex-Foot Cheetah” prosthetic legs. He won eight medals over the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympics and competed in the 400m at the 2012 Olympics.

Pistorius fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early morning of Valentine’s Day 2013, saying he thought Steenkamp was an intruder locked in his bathroom.

He lost sponsors, such as Nike, but in the days after Steenkamp’s death, Ossur said it was awaiting the outcome of the police investigation, according to the Telegraph in England.

Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to charges, including murdering Steenkamp, and is two weeks into a high-profile trial in Pretoria, South Africa. Ossur decided not to wait for the outcome.

“It’s up to the courts of South Africa to rule in this matter,” Solvason said, according to Bloomberg. “We, as Ossur, don’t have any official stand in this matter on whether the man is innocent or guilty. But we’re no longer sponsoring Oscar Pistorius.”

Pistorius’ prosthetic legs, shorts covered in blood in trial photos

Boules bids for 2024 Olympic inclusion

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 (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.

MORE: Complete 2024 Olympic bidding coverage

South Korean rhythmic gymnast throws another acrobatic first pitch (video)

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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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