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S. African Olympic Body Receives Enquiries on Pistorius

February 14, 2013

South Africa’s Olympic Committee said it’s received enquiries about reports that Olympian athlete Oscar Pistorius allegedly shot dead his girlfriend after mistaking her for a burglar.

South African police today arrested a 26-year-old man in Pretoria today for shooting his girlfriend, police spokeswoman Katlego Mokgale said by phone. She declined to identify the person who will appear at a magistrate’s court today or tomorrow.

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee said it’s “in no position” to comment on the incident, according to a statement on its website.

Pistorius, 26, dubbed “the Blade Runner” because of his double leg amputation and prosthetic running blades, has won six paralympic gold medals. He became the first amputee runner to compete at an Olympic Games in London last year and was named by Time Magazine in its list of the world’s 100 most-influential people. Pistorius was born without fibulas and had both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old.

Pistorius, who runs with J-shaped carbon-fiber blades, competed in his first able-bodied elite event at the 2011 track and field world championships in Daegu, South Korea. He got his chance after sport’s highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, in 2008 overturned a ban on him competing against able-bodied athletes imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations, which said his blades give him an advantage.

Pistorius’s manager Peet van Zyl said he was unable to comment when contacted on his mobile phone.

To contact the reporters on this story: Franz Wild in Johannesburg at fwild@bloomberg.net; Dan Baynes in Sydney at dbaynes@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Nasreen Seria at nseria@bloomberg.net


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