Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 18th 2014 Contents LONDON---As Oscar Pistorius awaits sen-
tencing for the culpable homicide of Reeva
Steenkamp, it s uncertain if the fallen sports
icon will ever race again. What s clearer is
that the Paralympic leadership will not be
encouraging any comeback by the double
Next month, the judge in South Africa could
hand Pistorius anything from a suspended sen-
tence and a fine to as much as 15 years in prison.
Should Pistorius subsequently be in a position
to compete, the International Paralympic Com-
mittee would be powerless to stop "Blade Run-
ner" returning to the track if he achieves a
"If that athlete was entered and had gained
the qualification we would not be a legal sit-
uation where we could deny that athlete the
right to compete," IPC President Philip Craven
told The Associated Press.
But he added: "There has never been any
intention to promote any reinstatement of any
The Pistorius case has presented Craven with
some of the most challenging moments of his
13-year tenure. For so long, Pistorius was the
poster boy of the Paralympic movement, gen-
erating huge interest around the 2012 London
Games when the South African known as the
"Blade Runner" became the first double-
amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics.
He then ran at the Paralympics, winning
gold in the 400 metres and the 4x100 relay.
But on Valentine s Day in 2013, Pistorius
opened fire in his home after hearing what he
said sounded like an intruder in a bathroom
in the middle of the night, killing his girlfriend,
"I was in a state of shock for two days then
we realised we had to come out of that rapidly,"
Craven said. "Of course he was a great athlete
but what took place 18 months ago was not
anything to do with sport ... but it s an absolute
On Monday, the IPC marks the 25th anniver-
sary of its formation, although the Paralympics
first took place in 1960.
Craven said the movement is not reliant on
the star power of one athlete.
"There are so many great Paralympians who
can promote the movement," Craven said.
"There are so many athletes doing brilliantly
now we are not dependent, although we never
thought we were on one athlete."
Other sprint stars have emerged, such as
Alan Oliveira, who upset Pistorius by winning
the 200-metre race at the London Paralympics.
The Brazilian will likely be competing in front
of his home crowd when the games go to Rio
de Janeiro in 2016.
Whether Pistorius will be competing there
will become clearer next month.
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South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in the men's 400-metre semifinal during the athletics in
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MINNEAPOLIS---Hours after reversing course and
benching Adrian Peterson indefinitely, Minnesota
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said yesterday that the
team "made a mistake" in bringing back its super-
star following his indictment on a felony child-
abuse charge in Texas.
"We made a mistake and we need to get this
right," he said at a crowded news conference. "It
is important to always listen to our fans and the
community and our sponsors. Our goal is always
to make the decision we feel is right for the Min-
nesota Vikings ... We want to be sure we get this
Wilf and his co-owner brother, Mark Wilf,
announced their decision after concluding it was
best for the Vikings and for Peterson, their All-Pro
running back who has played his entire NFL career
with Minnesota and is accused of injuring his 4-
year-old son by spanking him with a wooden switch
earlier this year.
The organisation put Peterson on the exempt-
commissioner s permission list, meaning he is off
the active roster while he deals with his legal affairs.
General manager Rick Spielman would not put a
timeframe on when Peterson might be back.
"Until these legal matters are resolved, that he
will remain on this exemption list," he said.
A day-and-a-half earlier, the Vikings said Peterson
would rejoin the team after missing Sunday s loss
to New England. The backlash to that announcement
was significant. The Vikings had at least one major
Several prominent NFL advertisers, including
Anheuser-Busch, expressed concern about the
league s recent off-the-field problems, which include
the domestic violence case of former Ravens running
back Ray Rice and the indictment of Peterson. The
governor was critical. Fans were angry.
Castrol Motor Oil, Special Olympics Minnesota
and Mylan Inc. all severed ties with Peterson and
shoe giant suspended its sponsorship deal with Peter-
son as the Wilfs were speaking. Twin Cities area Nike
stores pulled Peterson s jerseys from its shelves and
the team cancelled an appearance at a children s home.
Paralympics head won't promote Pistorius return
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