Agent: Oscar has received ‘overwhelming support’

Oscar Pistorius has received ”overwhelming support” from his

fans, his agent said Sunday, as he remained in custody in a South

African police station charged with the shooting murder of his

model girlfriend.

Peet van Zyl said outside the Brooklyn police station soon after

visiting Pistorius that ”a lot of fans” had sent their good

wishes. Van Zyl said the support was ”really on a global scale.

South African fans, international fans from literally all over the

world.”

Van Zyl said he visited Pistorius primarily to discuss his

running career and would not respond to a question about the mental

and emotional state of the 26-year-old athlete.

Pistorius broke down and wept at his first court appearance on

Friday after he was charged with the murder of model and reality TV

show contestant Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot multiple times in his

house in the early hours of Thursday.

”I am not going to comment on anything except that (what) is

related to his athletics career at this point in time,” Van Zyl

told reporters outside the police station in the South African

capital, Pretoria.

Van Zyl called Steenkamp’s killing tragic and said he visited

Pistorius as a friend as well as an agent.

”Obviously from a management side and also as a friend, it’s a

tragic circumstance,” Van Zyl said, ”and we can only give Oscar

our support at this point in time.”

The main point of the visit was to update the multiple

Paralympic champion and Olympic athlete on his crumbling track

career and the situation with his sponsors, which were now expected

to step back from their association with the world’s most famous

disabled athlete.

Van Zyl would release a statement either later Sunday or on

Monday, he said, with exact details of the races and sponsorship

deals that were now affected by Pistorius’ arrest and murder

charge.

He told The Associated Press on Saturday that he had begun

canceling races for Pistorius scheduled for 2013, including Diamond

League appearances and exhibition runs against fellow Paralympic

champions Alan Oliveria of Brazil and Jonnie Peacock of

Britain.

Sunday was likely the first time that Pistorius was told about

the cancelations.

”The nature of my visit was on a professional manner to discuss

his career and the plans that we had made for this year with the

IAAF (world) championships in Moscow as the main goal for this

year,” Van Zyl said. ”We obviously just discussed the races and

the contracts that had been signed and secured for this year and

also to keep him up to date with regard to the sponsors.”

Sportswear giant Nike and eyewear manufacturer Oakley are among

Pistorius’ big-name sponsors.