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IPC: Pistorius cannot compete for 5 years

Despite a possible early release, Pistorius will only be able to compete after 5 years.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius competes in the men's 400m Round 1 heats at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Picture: London2012.com

PRETORIA - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has confirmed to EWN Sport that the earliest Oscar Pistorious will be allowed to compete is 2019.

Pistorius was today sentenced to five years in prison for culpable homicide for the shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

The IPC's Craig Spence says Pistorius will first need to do the time before he'll be allowed to compete again.

"For the IPC he would have to serve that sentence in full. We wouldn't allow him to compete until he served that sentence in full, which means in 2019 it will be finished."

Spence says under no circumstances would Pistorius be allowed to compete before 2019.

"The IPC could not impose another sanction on this case. It's for the court to impose that sanction for the crime he has committed and we would look for that to be served in full. This is regardless if he would be released from prison early. In our eyes it's five years before we would allow him to compete in an IPC competition."

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