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Oscar Pistorius .a.k.a 'Blade Runner' undergoes surgery following boating accident

PRETORIA: South Africa's double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius was having emergency surgery in Johannesburg on Sunday (February 22) following a boating accident, his agent told Reuters. “He was involved in a boating accident on the Vaal River on Saturday night but the extent of the injuries and details of the accident will only be known...

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 22, 2009 | Last Updated: 12 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Feb 22, 2009 | Last Updated: 12 years ago
Oscar Pistorius .a.k.a 'Blade Runner' undergoes surgery following boating accident

PRETORIA: South Africa's double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius was having
emergency surgery in Johannesburg on Sunday (February 22) following a boating
accident, his agent told Reuters.
“He was involved in a boating accident on the Vaal River on
Saturday night but the extent of the injuries and details of the accident will
only be known after he comes out of theatre,” agent Peet van Zyl said.

Van Zyl added that a news conference would be held in Johannesburg
later on Sunday.
Pistorius, who had both legs removed between the knee and ankle as a
baby, is nicknamed 'Blade Runner' because of the prosthetic legs that enable
him to sprint.
He began competing against able-bodied athletes in 2007 but the
governing IAAF banned him after ruling that his artificial limbs gave him an
unfair advantage.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport lifted the ban in May last year and
although he missed out on qualification for the Olympics, he won three gold
medals in the Beijing Paralympics. -REUTERS

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