South African sprint runner and Paralympic champion Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius, who was sentenced on July 6, 2016 to 6 years imprisonment may compete in the 2020 Olympics billed to take place in Tokyo, Japan.
Yes, it is possible. The Paralympic Champion who has already spent one year in prison and could be released well before the expiration of his sentence can be out of jail in time for the Olympic game in Tokyo, as he can serve a minimum of half of his sentence.
Tubby Reddy, CEO of South Africa’s Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee in an interview with Daily mail said, “He would have paid his debt to society and will be back in society, living as a normal South African citizen. There is no rule that says he wouldn’t be able to participate…
“Yes, the sentence he has been given has divided opinion – there are those who are happy about it and there are those who are unhappy, and you will always have that.
“But if he is out on parole, as it seems he will be before then, and qualifies for selection, then I don’t see how there can be a problem – why not?
“He would have to train and get his mental strength back, but those are challenges he would have to set for himself.”
Pistorius has previously won gold medals at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympics in Athens, Beijing and London respectively.
The 29 year old rose to global fame at the London Olympics in 2012, when he made history by reaching the semi-finals of the 400m, racing alongside able-bodied athletes.
He is currently cooling his heels in the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre, Pretoria, South Africa, after being convicted of murder in a South African court over the murder of his girlfriend model Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013.