Olympic organisers make awkward Pistorius gaffe

Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has been used as a poster boy to advertise this year’s Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Pistorius used as inspiration in an embarrassing gaffe. Photo: Twitter

Pistorius used as inspiration in an embarrassing gaffe. Photo: Twitter

Organisers posted a video to the official Rio 2016 Twitter page of Pistorius winning the 400-metre final at the 2012 games in London.

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In the video, Pistorius can be seen running alongside other athletes ending with the tagline ‘with the love of your life’.

The former sprint runner was recently convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, after having his manslaughter conviction overturned in an appeal.

The Daily Mail reports that no one from Rio2016 could confirm how the disgraced athlete made it into their marketing campaign.

Pistorius has been banned from competing in the Rio Games by the International Paralympic committee after initially receiving a manslaughter conviction in 2014.

He and his legal team are hoping to overturn the murder conviction in the Constitutional Court, with claims the Supreme Court of Appeal did not take his disability into account.

Legal experts doubt he will be successful in appealing.


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