OS­CAR IS PIST OFF

ATH­LET­ICS

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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.

In­sult

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.”

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