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‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius granted parole 10 years after murdering girlfriend

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Double amputee Olympic champion, Oscar Pistorius, popularly called the “Blade Runner”, was on Friday granted parole by the South African Department of Corrections, 10 years after shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door at his home.

The 37-year-old Pistorius has been in jail since late 2014 for the Valentine’s Day 2013 killing of the model, although he was briefly released for a period of house arrest in 2015 while one of his numerous appeals in the case was heard.

He was ultimately convicted of murder and sentenced to 13 years and five months in prison with the Board refusing to grant his request for a parole on more than three occasions.

The Corrections Department spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo, who confirmed that Pistorius had been granted a parole, said he would be released from prison on January 5, 2024.

This was Pistorius’s second parole hearing in under a year after his first parole bid in March was struck out because he had not completed the minimum detention period which stipulates that serious offenders in South Africa must serve at least half of their sentence to be eligible for parole.

Pistorius was at the height of his fame, and was one of the world’s most admired athletes when he killed Steenkamp after shooting at her multiple times in the bathroom of his Pretoria villa with his licensed 9mm pistol.

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Kelvin Kiptum: Autopsy reveals late Marathon record holder died from head injuries

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An autopsy carried out by the Kenyan government has revealed that late world marathon record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, died from severe head injuries in a ghastly road accident on February 11.

Kenya’s chief government pathologist, Johanssen Odour, told journalists at a press conference on Wednesday that the injuries were consistent with those suffered in motor vehicle accidents.

The 24-year-old rising star died in a car accident alongside his Rwandese coach Gervais Hakizimana in killed in a late-night accident near his home in north-western Kenya.

According to a release by his family, Kiptum will be laid to rest on Friday at his home village, Chepkorio in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, in what is expected to be a state event.

Kiptum rose to fame when he became a world marathon record holder when he set a time of 2:00:35 in the Chicago Marathon in October last year after switching to running the marathon from shorter distance races a year before.

At the London Marathon, he set a record pace and improved his personal best time by 50 seconds to beat the 2:01:09 record set by fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, widely considered the greatest marathoner of all time.

Kiptum broke the course record for the London Marathon, winning the men’s event in the second-fastest marathon in history, crossing the finish line in two hours, one minute and 25 seconds.

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CAF unveils preliminary round draws for 2025 AFCON finals

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has unveiled the preliminary round of draws for the 35th edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) which will hold in Morocco in 2025.

The draws which took place Tuesday at CAF’s headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on Monday, saw the participation of the eight lowest-ranked teams in the latest FIFA ranking.

The first leg of fixtures scheduled to be played on a home and away basis between March 20 and 26, 2024, will Somalia face off against Eswatini in Somalia, Sao Tome will take on South Sudan in Sao Tome, Chad will play against Mauritius in Chad, and Djibouti will take on Liberia in Djibouti.

The hosting is reversed in the second leg, with Eswatini will hosting Somalia, South Sudan will welcome Sao Tome, Mauritius will play host to Chad, and Liberia will have the home advantage against Djibouti.

The winners of the preliminary round matches will advance to join the 44 exempted teams for the group stage of the tournament, with only 24 teams ultimately qualifying for the AFCON 2025 finals.

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