Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius has been replaced, says Paralympic president

International Paralympic Committee president claims Oscar Pistorius has been replaced by new stars such as Alan Oliveira, Richard Browne and Jonnie Peacock.

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Sir Philip Craven claims Oscar Pistorius has been replaced by new stars. 

Following the success of London 2012, Craven believes the organisation is no longer in need of a poster boy like Oscar Pistorius.

The South African double amputee was an inspirational global icon during the 2012 Paralympic games and won a gold medal in the 400m- T44 category. One year later he is no longer competing but instead fighting a murder charge following the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February.


“Any great athlete is missed,” said Craven but nevertheless noted that London 2012 provided the Paralympic movement with ‘a brand new group of household names’, meaning six-time Paralympic champion Pistorius won’t be missed.

“London was amazing, and we have been enjoying the growth as a result, in so many areas — athletes more recognised, a new group of global stars”, he said. The IPC World Championships in Lyon last week made it very clear that it is not an organisation with one name, but many great stars, who will continue to shine in Rio 2016.

Pistorius made headlines last year as the first Paralympic athlete to compete against able-bodied athletes during the Olympics.

Alan Oliveira, the Brazilian whose carbon-fibre blades length caused some friction with Pistorius during London 2012, set a new 100 metres double amputee world record of 10.57 sec in Lyon. This achievement has reopened the debate and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) may face a dilemma as more and more amputee sprinters continue to break world records and challenge their ability to compete in able-bodied events.

American Richard Browne who placed second in Lyon ahead of current world champion Brit Jonnie Peacock said, “There’s going to be more than one (amputee sprinter) in the able-bodied Olympics by 2016. Most definitely. The IAAF are going to have to be ready.’


Despite his tarnished image, it is clear that Pistorius won’t be forgotten for setting a precedent as the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied Olympians. ‘Regardless of what’s going on with Oscar, he broke down so many doors for us and we all owe him gratitude’, said Browne.

Ultimately, Craven is right. The Paralympic movement continues to evolve without the presence of disgraced poster boy Pistorius, who will stand trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on 19 August.