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Pistorius murder trial: Sport today reads more like a rap sheet than an account of great achievements, says Queen's University expert

2014-03-19

Queen’s University sports expert Geoffrey Smith is available to comment on the Oscar Pistorius trial.

The South African Paralympian is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

“Oscar Pistorius' trial for his alleged murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp places in bold perspective yet another athletic hero in big trouble.  The trial, sensational as any in the last fifty years, points up anew how sport mirrors problematic cultural cues,” says Dr. Smith.  “Indeed, sport today reads more like a rap sheet than an account of wins and losses and great achievements.” 

Dr. Smith is a professor emeritus of physical and health education and of history at Queen's. He taught the social and cultural history and the sociology of sport in the United States and Canada.

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