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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Oscar Pistorius carries on as usual

They have a strange legal system in South Africa.  When Oscar Pistorius allegedly shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to death, they have allowed him to go about his business as if nothing has happened. And his version of what took place that night - that he mistook her for an intruder - makes no sense.

Pistorius is now allowed to travel abroad for competitions.  His agent Peet van Zyl said yesterday that he's contacted a number of meet organizers who are prepared to let him compete, well shame on them. It seems that taking the life of a beautiful young woman with a promising future counts for naught.

Surely he shouldn't be allowed to compete until the court case is over. It will be interesting to see whether Britain invite him to compete in the London Anniversary Games and the Birmingham Grand Prix this year. If they do the right thing, they won't invite him, and hopefully the US will follow suit.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) are playing it safe by saying they refuse to tell meet organizers who to invite to their events.

The South African judge responsible for the farce, Bert Bam, said there was no reason why Pistorius should not be allowed to leave the country to compete.  The judge also decided that he no longer needed the supervision of a probation officer and also lifted the "no alcohol" rule and took away the threat of being tested at any time for "prohibited substances."  Then he said he could go back to his own home, where the murder took place.

Reeva's family is shocked and disgusted, and so am I.