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Pistorius rules out returning to the track


JOHANNESBURG — Oscar Pistorius will not return to the track for the rest of the year so he can focus on his looming court case.

Daily Mail

Pistorius stands accused of premeditated murder after the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot dead on Valentine’s Day at his Pretoria home.

The “Blade Runner”, who was released on bail in February, will be back in court on June 4 and is likely to stand trial before the end of 2013.

But the Paralympian’s coach Ampie Louw revealed Pistorius has turned down invitations to take part in major international athletic events and will stay away from the track.

Louw said: “We have decided as a team we are not talking [about] any training or athletics.

“We have postponed [races] for the whole year.”

Louw says Pistorius (26), was not psychologically ready to take part in any events.

He added: “He is nowhere close to being in a position to train. He just does fitness exercises in the morning with his family.”

It means six-time Paralympic gold medallist Pistorius will not compete in the IPC World Championships in Lyon in July.

Pistorius’ agent Peet van Zyl said: “There was never any pressure from me or his coach to return to competition, it’s his decision and it’s his decision not to compete.”

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