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Oscar Pistorius will not compete for the rest of the year

Published:Monday | May 20, 2013 | 1:34 PM

Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will not compete again this year as he awaits trial for murder.

The 26-year-old Pistorius is on bail after being charged with the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but can compete before his court case is heard.

His agent, Peet van Zyl, says the six-time Paralympic champion was not mentally ready to return to the track.

It means the South African will not compete in the IPC World Championships in Lyon in July.

Pistorius was arrested after shooting Steenkamp dead on February 14 and has not competed since.

The double amputee, known as Blade Runner because of the carbon fibre prosthetic blades he races in, claimed he mistook Steenkamp for a burglar and has denied murder.

On February 22, Pistorius was granted bail and had certain conditions lifted which means he could compete in events outside his homeland.


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