Convicted Pistorius 'free' to compete

South Africa's Olympic committee chief confirms body has no powers to stop athlete from representing the country.

    Pistorius will be sentenced on  October 13 [REUTERS]
    Pistorius will be sentenced on October 13 [REUTERS]

    Oscar Pistorius is free to compete for South Africa as long as his running doesn't go against the ruling of the judge. 

    Pistorius, who is to be sentenced next month after being found guilty in the negligent killing of his girlfriend, could compete at any time because the South African Olympic committee has no regulations preventing someone with a criminal record from representing the country.

    "As he stands right now, he's free (to compete),'' South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee chief executive Tubby Reddy told The Associated Press.

    Pistorius faces years in jail after being convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

    However, there is no minimum sentence for the conviction in South African law and the double-amputee Olympian could receive a suspended sentence and no jail time.

    As long as competing doesn't go against the ruling of the judge when she decides Pistorius' sentence next month, he can run for South Africa, Reddy said.

    Reddy dismissed reports of a meeting of SASCOC officials this week to decide Pistorius' eligibility, saying there was nothing to decide.

    SOURCE: AP


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