Pistorius’ Agent Refutes Sponsor Desertion

By Community | February 18, 2013

Oscar Pistorius’ agent has revealed the Paralympian will not be deserted by commercial sponsors and partners.

The South African, known as the ‘Bladerunner’, is preparing to mount a defence against his murder charge following the death of girlfriend and model Reeva Steenkamp.

Peet Van Zyl, from Pistorius’ management company, visited his client on Sunday at Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria and insisted the runner would still be supported.

The company’s statement read: “Regarding sponsors and partners, I can confirm that at this point in time, all parties are supportive and their contractual commitments are maintained.

NIke and BT have both said they will not make a decision about his sponsorship until more details have been heard.

“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.”

Pistorius remains in police custody with an application for bail postponed until Tuesday. Prosecutors intend to pursue a “premeditated murder” charge, while the accused disputes the charge in the “strongest terms”.