OSCAR IS PIST OFF
OSCAR PISTORIUS stormed out of a radio interview yesterday after being asked if he considered himself “an inconvenient embarrassment”.
Double amputee Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner”, became the first Paralympian to win an ablebodied World Championship medal on Saturday when he helped South Africa take silver in the 4x400m relay.
However, he was controversially dropped from the final after running in the heats, a decision that upset the 24-year-old.
And he was angered again yesterday when asked on radio how his participation might be viewed by South African authorities and the IAAF, who were forced to allow him to take part in ablebodied events by a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling three years ago.
He was asked: “Some people regard you, no doubt, as an inspiration to Paralympic athletes.
“But it might also be said that you’re a inconvenient embarrassment to the South African authorities and the IAAF because, effectively, you’re taking them into uncharted ethical waters here. What’s your reaction to that?”
Pistorius replied: think that’s an insult to me and I think this interview is over.”
The presenter protested his question was not intended as an “insult” but Pistorius hit back: “That is an insult. Thank you very much.”
Pistorius also rejected fellow Paralympic legend Baroness Tanni GreyThompson’s call for him to be prevented from running at the 2012 Games if he competes at the Olympics.
Grey-Thompson said last week: “If he makes the Olympics then his 400m event should not be run at the Paralympics because the Paralympics should never be a B final.”
Asked if he could see her point of view, Pistorius said: “Absolutely not.”