Rio 2016 officials used Oscar Pistorius in a video advertising the summer games under the tagline ‘with the love of your life’
Organisers of this year’s Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro used murdering South African runner Osca Pistorius to advertise this summer’s game in a highly embarrassing gaffe.
The official Rio2016 Twitter account posted a video of Pistorius winning the 400 metre final at the 2012 games in London.
However, since then, Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and had his manslaughter conviction overturned and upgraded to murder.
The video showed Pistorius in a video medley of several other athletes complete with the message ‘with the love of your life’.
The International Paralympic committee ruled in 2014 that Pistorius would be banned from the Rio games because of the original manslaughter conviction.
However, nobody from the Rio2016 organisation was available to confirm how the shamed athlete had made it into their high profile advertising campaign.
Pistorius’ legal team is currently petitioning the South African Constitutional Court claiming the Supreme Court of Appeal failed to take into account the blade runner’s disability when it came to convicting him of murder.
His lawyer, Andrew Fawcett, said at the time of the shooting in 2013, Pistorius was on his stumps, which made him anxious and that is why he shot through the closed bathroom door, killing Ms Steenkamp.
Fawcett claimed Pistorius did not know he would kill someone by shooting into the cubicle through the door.
The shamed runner is currently under house arrest while he awaits sentencing for murder on April 18.
The Constitutional Court is currently considering whether Pistorius has grounds to appeal his murder conviction.
Under the new conviction for murder, Pistorius, 29, faces a minimum 15-year jail term that may be reduced due to time already spent in jail and the fact that he is a first-time offender.
A lawyer on Pistroius’ legal team, Andrew Fawcett, said: ‘We have lodged an application for leave to appeal to the Constitutional Court.’
Oscar Pistorius, pictured, is trying to overturn his murder conviction for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
Pistorius, right, shot dead Ms Steenkamp, left, at their home in Johannesburg on February 14, 2013
The convicted killer is currently under house arrest at his uncle’s mansion, pictured, in Pretoria
Pistorius was released from jail in October last year to live under house arrest at his uncle’s property in Pretoria after serving one year of his five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide – the equivalent of manslaughter.
But Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judges last month described his testimony at his trial in 2014 as ‘untruthful’ and delivered a damning indictment of the original verdict.
Legal papers filed at the Constitutional Court on Monday by Pistorius’s lawyers contended that the SCA had ‘acted unlawfully and unconstitutionally’ by rejecting factual findings of the original verdict.
They also accused the SCA of making ‘errors of law’ over the principle of ‘dolus eventualis’ – awareness of the likely outcome of an action – which has been at the crux of the long-running case.
Pistorius was last seen in public at his bail hearing on December 8 in Pretoria High Court, after which he was fitted with an electronic monitoring tag.
Pistorius won gold during the London 2012 paralymic games in the 400 metres T44 final, pictured
The killer, pictured, will discover whether he will have to return to prison on April 18
Under his bail conditions, he is allowed to leave his uncle’s house at set times with official permission, and not travel further than 12 miles.
‘The application has been served on the director of public prosecutions,’ Fawcett said.
‘They will now indicate when they will be opposing the application and what the grounds of opposition will be.
‘Then we wait for the Constitutional Court to make a ruling on whether or not they will hear the appeal.’
Pistorius denied killing Steenkamp in a rage and, during his dramatic trial, sobbed and occasionally vomited in the dock as details of his lover’s death were examined in excruciating detail.
Some legal experts have dismissed his chances of success at the Constitutional Court.
‘He is wasting his time. It is certainly not a constitutional matter,’ Tyrone Maseko, a Johannesburg attorney told AFP. ‘If he ever succeeds, then I will know there is no justice in this country.’