Pistorius reacts in the dock as Judge Thokozile Masipa
delivers her verdict during his murder trial in Pretoria,
South Africa, Thursday Sept. 11, 2014. Masipa ruled out a
murder conviction for the double-amputee Olympian in the
shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but said
he was negligent, raising the possibility he'll be convicted
of culpable homicide.
South Africa — Oscar Pistorius is free to compete for South
Africa again, 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
stands right now, he's free (to compete)," South African
Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee chief executive Tubby
Reddy told The Associated Press on Monday.
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
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. Pistorius would only have to meet normal
sports qualifying criteria.
reports of a meeting of SASCOC officials this week to decide
Pistorius' eligibility, saying there was nothing to decide.
Pistorius was cleared to run overseas after appealing his bail
terms, but chose not to while he concentrated on his murder trial.
Peet van Zyl, said competing now was not an option but they would
"sit down and take stock" after his sentencing hearing,
which starts Oct. 13.
"It's all up
to Oscar. He must decide what he wants to do," Van Zyl said,
adding he would only talk with Pistorius about running again after
sentencing. "I don't know what his mindset is now. I will sit
down with him. Is he keen or is he not keen?"
wouldn't be allowed to run while serving a prison or house-arrest
sentence, but a fine and a suspended prison term is also an option
for the judge.
Pistorius and his
longtime coach, Ampie Louw, said before Steenkamp's killing that
they wanted to retire together at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de
Janeiro. Pistorius was the first amputee to compete on the track
at the Olympics when he ran in the 400 meters and 4x400 relay at
the London Games in 2012.
Van Zyl told the
AP on Monday that Pistorius hadn't done any running on the track
"for ages" but was regularly working out in a gym.
competitive race was the 400-meter final at the London Paralympics
two years ago, when he retained his title.