Paralympics will thrive without Oscar

 / 20 Feb '13

London: The Paralympic movement will continue to thrive and grow despite Oscar Pistorius being charged with murdering his girlfriend, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Philip Craven said yesterday.

Craven spoke of his “shock and disbelief” at the news of the arrest of the South African and said he had only just got his “head around the whole situation”.

Murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has resumed track training, but remains focused on the court case ahead of him, his family said on Pistorius's website. File photo: A. Credit: AP

He said, however, that the accusations against Pistorius will not prevent disabled sport building on the momentum and goodwill generated by London 2012, an event that smashed ticket-sales targets and was more widely broadcast than any previous Paralympics.

“Yes, we are here today discussing this terrible tragedy in South Africa, but the Paralympic movement is very much alive and well,” Craven said. – Reuters

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