One Day

Oscar, I have been thinking about you today. Because I feel you need to be with your family, even if it is for the shortest leave that can be granted. You have behaved well for such a long time. You never misbehave, you are like a lamb, tame, accepting count your blessings Oscar of having a family that is behind you and which love you like a diamond. Try not to stress “we are all here” Those are the words said by men of GodApostle Paul while they were thrown into prison for preaching word of God.. The son of God opened the prison strong doors to show his power over our earthly items. The men of God did not run away because they loved God and trusted Him. One day Oscar you will be home and read these messages.

Philisiwe

Headlines


Dear Oscar, 

the ParaAthletics in London are over and I like to share a few headlines from German news sites that report on and celebrate the victories of Johannes Floors.
Johannes (22) decided to have his malformed feet amputated when he was 16 years old. He got his first prosthetic legs in summer 2012 when he focused on his A levels and not on running. That happened in 2013. Since then his sprinting qualities are accelerating.

Previous to the Para Athletics he was quoted saying that you, Oscar, were his hero and that he admires you: “Oscar Pistorius is my hero. If you look at paralympic sport, it’s Oscar. I don’t want to mention everything that happened with his girlfriend. That’s horrible. But it has nothing to do with sport. He brought the Paralympic sport and double amputees to where they are now. He knew how to run. He was the first professional Paralympic double amputee athlete and he was amazing.”

After the 400m race on 17 July he wrote on Facebook, “400m GOLD and world champion! I couldn’t be happier thinking about everything I did to achieve this victory pays off now…”

Floors won Silver over 100m and Gold in the 200m and 400m race, as well as in the 4x100m relay.

The headlines say Floors is the “New Blade Runner”, the “German Blade Runner”, or that he is [your] worthy successor, “crown prince Floors walking in Pistorius’ footsteps”.

Perhaps you will meet each other one day – I wish it to you both.

Deborah (Germany)

Jy sal nooit alleen staan nie

Vasbyt ou mater. Jy ken my nie maar ek dink aan jou en glo my jy sal nooit alleen staan nie. Jy is nie in ‘n lekker plek nie maar ek sal vir jou bid en glo net en dinge sal vir jou reg uitwerk.

Peet Cloete

English Translation:
Hang in there old mate. You do not know me but I think of you and believe me you will never stand alone. You are not in a nice place but I will pray for you and just believe and things will work out for you.

It Has Been Long

We pray for you to keep “hope” things are going to be all right for you. I pray to my God that those that are in power may be touched by the finger of God, our Heavenly Father to think about you. It has been long. You deserve a move from prison. From 24 hour watch. You don’t need that now. You need few minutes with your siblings and family. I am praying for this. We love you Oscar, we discuss about you, we hope for the best. You are still young you have a great future in front of you. God is going to be with you. You are going to flourish as you had before and despite your status you remained humble as you are. Yes you are at a wrong place but you will leave that place and be with your family. God loves you Oscar,we love you. we think about you and talk about you.

Philisiwe Harriet Lungu
Pontypridd S E WALES UK

Oscar Vindicated Over Blade Length

Para athletics: World records to be reset following 2018 blade rule change (published by Athletics Weekly on 14th July).

“World records held by athletes including Britain’s Richard Whitehead and Dutch sprinter Marlou van Rhijn will be reset after this year following the news that new rules for double leg amputee classes are to be introduced from 2018.

World Para Athletics has announced it will bring in a new formula to calculate the maximum allowable standing height (MASH) for double leg amputees from January 1, 2018, meaning any world and regional records set by athletes competing in below-knee T43/F43 and above-knee T42/F42 double leg amputee classes before this time will be archived. New record marks will be established at the end of the 2018 season.

The decision to implement the new formula comes after a study – initiated in 2006 by the World Para Athletics Classification Research Project – revealed that the current MASH formula “systemically overestimates athlete height”.

Given the correlation between blade length and stride length, longer blades can provide a longer stride and therefore faster times.

Although some T43/F43 and T42/F42 records may have been set with blades which will be allowed under the new rules, because they were recorded when rules allowed a greater maximum standing height, they will all be reset.

[] South Africa’s six-time Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius had been among those to question the rules regarding blade length in 2012 after he was beaten to the Paralympic 200m title in London by Brazil’s Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira.

“The allegations from Oscar at that moment in time, they were not founded because everybody competing had their blade length legitimate under the rules,” Van de Vliet explained at a recent World Para Athletics classification workshop held ahead of the London 2017 championships.

“Discussions prompted us to look at the overall blade length, whether the formula we applied was an appropriate one. That formula was somewhat outdated.””

You can read the full article here