Oscar Pistorius guilty verdict: International Paralympic Committee makes statement

The IPC says its “thoughts remain with all those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy”

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has issued a statement after Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

He was acquitted of two firearm offences. The Paralympic athlete could face a lengthy prison sentence - culpable homicide carries up to 15 years behind bars. His sentence is yet to be decided.

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“Following today's verdict, our thoughts remain with all those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy, in particular the family and friends of Reeva Steenkamp who sadly lost her life in this incident,” read the IPC statement.

“Throughout this case, the IPC has stressed the importance of differentiating between Oscar's contribution to the Paralympic Movement and his private life.

“As a sports organisation, it would be unwise for the IPC to comment on the conclusion of a court case that is not related to sport.”

In the 2012 Paralympic Games, Pistorius won two gold medals and a silver medal, setting a new Paralympic record in the T-44 class 400metre final and a world record time in the T42-T46 4x100 metre relay, as well as winning four gold and one bronze medal at the Paralympic games in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

The athlete is also the first double leg amputee to have competed in the Olympic Games, taking part in the men's 400 metres and 4x400 metre relay.

Pistorius had previously won four gold and one bronze medal at the Paralympic games in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

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