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Oscar Pistorius 'free to run for South Africa'

By AP Reporter

Oscar Pistorius is free to compete for South Africa again - as long as his running does not go against the ruling of a judge.

The athlete, who is to be sentenced next month after being found guilty of culpable homicide over the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, could compete at any time because the South African Olympic committee has no regulations preventing someone with a criminal record from representing the country.

"As he stands right now, he's free (to compete)," South African Olympic Committee chief executive Tubby Reddy said.

Double-amputee Pistorius, the world-famous "blade runner" who competes on carbon fibre prosthetic legs, faces years in jail after being convicted of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. However, there is no minimum sentence for a culpable homicide conviction in South African law and the Olympian could receive a suspended sentence and no jail time.

As long as competing does not counter the ruling of Judge Thokozile Masipa when she decides Pistorius' fate next month, he can run for South Africa, Mr Reddy said.

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