Oscar Pistorius would be allowed to compete in the Paralympics again after he serves his sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, should he return to track and field and be selected for the South African team.
“If the judge decides that he has to serve a sentence — then we would wait until he has served his sentence in full, and then we would not stand in his way,” International Paralympic Committee spokesman Craig Spence told BBC Radio.
Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, faces up to 15 years in prison after he was found guilty of culpable homicide in the Valentine’s Day 2013 shooting of Steenkamp. There is no minimum jail sentence. He was also found guilty of firing a gun in a restaurant in January 2013.
Pistorius, 27, is an eight-time Paralympic medalist spanning the last three Games.
“But regardless of what happens, you can’t question what Oscar has done for the Paralympic Movement,” Spence told insidethegames. “Throughout this case, the IPC has stressed the importance of differentiating between Oscar’s contribution to the Paralympic Movement and his private life.”
Pistorius went four months without training after killing Steenkamp. He returned to light training in June 2013 without an eye on returning to competition at the time.
There haven’t been spread reports of if Pistorius has been training recently as he has lived with family during the trial.
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