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Pistorius receiving 'overwhelming' fan support

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 01:03

Feb. 17 - Oscar Pistorius has received ''overwhelming support'' from his fans, his agent says, as the athlete remains in custody charged with murdering his girlfriend. Sarah Charlton reports.

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As Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius awaits a bail hearing here in South Africa, his agent says fans across the world are rallying behind the athlete. On a visit to Pistorius on Sunday (February 17), agent Peet van Zyl said he was supporting the runner as a colleague and friend. SOUNDBITE: (English) PISTORIUS' AGENT PEET VAN ZYL, SAYING: "I can tell you that we have had overwhelming support from Oscar from a lot of fans on a global scale, really on a global scale. South African fans, international fans from literally all over the world." (Reporter: Have you passed that on to him?) "He knows it I have given him that message, yes." (Reporter: Did he have reaction to that?) "As I said to you I am not going to talk to you about his emotional state at this point in time." Pistorius is facing charges or murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was found dead at the athlete's home last week. His family deny the charges and say Pistorius is numb with grief and shock. Steenkamp will be buried on Tuesday (February 17).

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Pistorius receiving 'overwhelming' fan support

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 01:03

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