Pistorius `unwelcome` at London Olympic Anniversary Games

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 12:58

Johannesburg: Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of shooting and killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, will not be welcome at the Anniversary Games to be held at London`s Olympic Park this year, according to the organisers.

UK Athletics chairperson Ed Warner said that Pistorius will not be invited to take part in the three-day event, which will be held to commemorate the first anniversary of the London Olympics and will also include a day of Paralympic sport.

Stating that he does not want to see the event turned into a `media circus` because of Pistorius` presence, Warner further said that such an happening will over-shadow every other athlete participating in the event.

According to Warner, the decision to not invite Pistorius has no connection to him being innocent or guilty, adding that it is about how an individual with a difficult moral situation hanging over them is handled.

Although he said that the decision might change any moment, Warner however, stressed that at this point, he is still against inviting the Blade Runner to the upcoming event.

Meanwhile, the organisers had announced that British Olympic gold medal-winners Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford will compete at the Anniversary Games, to be held from July 26-28.


First Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 12:58

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