While in Doha, the Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will be racing an Arab horse in a ‘Run like the Wind’ challenge, as part of the ‘Definitely Able’ campaign to highlight the positive contribution of people with disabilities have made to local communities.
On Sunday Pistorius tweeted, “Racing An Arab Horse on Wednesday night for the #runlikethewind Campaign in Doha. @DohaGOALS going to be INSANE!”
Speaking at a press conference he added, “Arabian horses [are] an iconic thing of the region. It is just a very special kind of thing to do. I think it is going to be an amazing spectacle.”
The race will take place at the Aspire Zone outside circuit in Qatar on Wednesday 12 December.
Pistorius said he had been preparing for the race. “I am going to do great deal of stretching. I will make sure I have enough protein in my system.”
The 400m runner is in Doha for the ‘Definitely Able’ campaign which uses events such as this ‘Run like the Wind’ challenge to focus on the exceptional achievements Paralympic athletes are capable of.
Previous athletes to run against horses include the Welsh sprinter Jamie Baulch and American Jesse Owens.
Pistorius also said at the press conference that he will run for five more years and then change tack to help raise awareness about landmine victims across the world.