Not so popular: athlete arrived at wedding with ‘bodyguards’ in tow

2013-02-18 00:00

OSCAR Pistorius goes around with an entourage that includes several men who look like bodyguards.

An Olympic team-mate said Pistorius arrived at hurdler L.J. van Zyl’s wedding in September last year with several uninvited people.

“Oscar was also not the most popular room-mate when the athletics team toured. Only Arnu Fourie was prepared to share with him.”

Fourie said he was indeed prepared to share with Pistorius.

“I can’t speak for other athletes or comment on their relationships with Oscar. I liked spending time with him and I never picked up a problem with his temper,” he said.

It was also known in athletics circles that Pistorius did not get on very well with his father, Henke, allegedly blaming him for his parents’ divorce when he was six.

His agent, Peet van Zyl, confirmed this: “I can’t say it was over the divorce, but they don’t have a good relationship. Oscar and he have very little contact with each other.”

Meanwhile, Springbok rugby player Francois Hougaard was nowhere to be seen at the weekend following rumours that an SMS from him was the cause of an argument between Pistorius, a friend of his, and Steenkamp.

Hougaard and Pistorius both trained with former boxer Sebastiaan Rothman, who said he was shocked by events.

“With me he was always humble and pleasant. I’ve trained him for more than six years … about three to five mornings a week.”

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