Friday 15 December 2017

Paralympian Alan Oliveira wants Oscar Pistorius to return to track following prison release

Oscar Pistorius after his sentencing
Oscar Pistorius after his sentencing

Paralympian Alan Oliveira wants Oscar Pistorius to return to competitive action when he is released from prison.

Pistorius was last year jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, although he could be let out this year.

A member of the 28-year-old South African's legal team claimed he was expected to serve a sixth of the sentence - around 10 months - in jail before being held under house arrest.

Pistorius was banned from all disabled competitions for five years following the conviction by the International Paralympic Committee, irrespective of whether he secures an early release.

However, Oliveira wants to see the six-time Paralympic champion compete again, telling BBC Sport: "I wish he'd come back and we could run more times together."

Pistorius made history at London 2012 by competing at the Olympics and the Paralympics, where he won two gold medals but finished second in the 200 metres behind Oliveira.

After the race the South African hit out at the IPC for failing to act over the length of some athletes' blades after the Brazilian, wearing noticeably longer ones, came from way back to pip him at the line.

However, Oliveira hopes to line up against his arch-rival again.

The 22-year-old added: "I think it'd be a good competition to see the two of us together again - repeating the duel seen in London.

"It's difficult for him to return and it would depend on how he is feeling, shaping up and of course his age, but I believe he could return and it would be great."

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