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Pistorius raring to go in relay

india Updated: Aug 02, 2012 02:19 IST
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Oscar Pistorius thinks his greatest value to South Africa's 4x400-metre relay team will be running in second or third place and the double amputee, nicknamed
'Blade Runner', on Wednesday welcomed a decision by the sport's governing IAAF to allow him to run in any position at the London Games.

Pistorius started the relay off for South Africa at last year's world championships amid concerns about the safety of other athletes during relay changeovers.

Following an IAAF council meeting in London on Tuesday, however, IAAF President Lamine Diack said it was not their place to determine the relay orders.
"If they want him to go from the second leg, he can run the second leg. It is no problem for us," he told reporters.

Diack had said last year at the world championships in South Korea that Pistorius must run first.

"The only thing we said to the South African federation is that if he wants to run in the relay, he must run the first leg to avoid danger to other athletes," he said.

On Wednesday, Pistorius said the safety concerns were overblown and both the IAAF and International Olympic Committee (IOC) were content to let him run in any position.

"I've run so many relays since 2004 and there's never been an incident," he told a packed media conference. "I ran the first leg last year, and the IAAF and IOC are happy with me running any leg. I ran in the African Championships a couple of weeks ago on the third leg, and there's never been an incident.”