September 6 – South African four-time Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius today stormed out of a BBC Radio Four interview after being described as an "inconvenient embarrassment" to athletics authorities due to the controversy surrounding his prosthetic legs.
The double leg-amputee T44 runner became the first Paralympian to win an able-bodied World Championship medal on last week when he helped South Africa take silver in the 4x400 metres relay in Daegu.
The 24-year-old, though, was controversially dropped from the final after running well in the heats in Daegu with accusations continuing that his legs give him an unfair advantage over able-bodied athletes.
Pistorius has flown straight to London from Daegu where he will be the star attraction of International Paralympic Day at Trafalgar Square on Thursday (September 8).
He was today asked by interviewer Rob Bonnet on BBC Radio Four how his participation might be viewed by South African authorities and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), who were forced to allow him to take part in able-bodied events by a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling three years ago.
"Some people regard you, no doubt, as an inspiration to Paralympic athletes, no question about that," said Bonnet.
"But it might also be said that you're an inconvenient embarrassment to the South African authorities and the IAAF because effectively, you're taking them into uncharted ethical waters here.
"What's your reaction to that?"
Pistorius replied: "I think that's an insult to me and I think this interview is over."
Bonnet protested his question was not intended as an insult but Pistorius hit retorted: "That is an insult.
"Thank you very much."
Pistorius also rejected the claims from fellow Paralympic legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson that his T44 400m should be dropped from the Paralympic Games so as not to turn the event into a B standard competition.
Asked if he could see her point of view, Pistorius said: "Absolutely - not at all.
"I will be running the 100m, 200m and 400m in the Paralympics."
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