Statement from Oscar Pistorius’ manager

( below sent to me by OTR’s Justin Wells) 

Statement from Mr Peet Van Zyl, from Oscar Pistorius’ management company:

 

Following my visit to Oscar Pistorius this afternoon (Sunday) at the Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria I would like to issue this short statement.

 

The nature of my visit today was two-fold. On a personal level I wanted to offer my support to Oscar, who I have known and worked with for the last seven years and consider a friend and a great professional athlete. Secondly, I wanted to briefly discuss racing matters given that his key focus is defending himself against this serious charge.

 

I have decided that following these tragic events that we have no option but to cancel all future races that Oscar Pistorius had been contracted to compete in, to allow Oscar to concentrate on the upcoming legal proceedings and to help and support all those involved as they try to come to terms with this very difficult and distressing situation.

 

Oscar had been contracted to compete in the below listed races. Further competitions were being discussed as Oscar focused on the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August as the highlight for his season.

 

09 March – Qantas Athletics Tour, Sydney, Australia

16 March – Qantas Athletics Tour, Perth, Australia

31 March – Rio, Brazil

26 April – Drake Relays , Iowa, USA

25 May – Manchester City Games, UK

 

Regarding sponsors and partners, I can confirm that at this point in time, all parties are supportive and their contractual commitments are maintained. They have said they are happy to let the legal process takes its course before making any change in their position.

 

On Oscar’s behalf, we, as his management company, would like to formally thank the thousands of people who have sent supportive messages which have come from all over the world.

 

I cannot answer any questions relating to legal proceedings at this time. Thank you for your attention.

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