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Pistorius to race an Arabian horse

Dec 10, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

Paul Cunningham-US PRESSWIRE Paul Cunningham-US PRESSWIRE

Oscar Pistorius is full of Monday surprises.

First the South African sprinter hinted at a framework for the rest of his running career (and beyond), saying he’ll likely run one more Olympic cycle and then begin working with African landmine victims.

Second: he’ll be racing a horse Wednesday.

“I have never even thought of doing something like this,” Pistorius told reporters Monday. “This concept was brought up six months ago… And you know the Arabian horse is 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 Paralympic gold medalist will face-off against the horse, aptly named Run Like the Wind, in Doha as part of the “Definitely Able” campaign that highlights the accomplishments of people with disabilities.

Pistorius laughed when he was asked what his chances were against the horse.

“I am not sure. We will have a good race. I am going to do great deal of stretching. I will make sure I have enough proteins in my system. We’ll see what happens. “