Monday, 20 May 2013

'Blade Runner' Pistorius rules out returning to the track this year to concentrate on his court case

Anguish: Pistorius' coach Ampie Louw (above) claims the sprinter is not in a fit mental state to run

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

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.

In training: Pistorius was believed to be in training again in South Africa after being bailed
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.'
Tragedy: Reeva Steenkamp died after being shot in the bathroom at Pistorius' home

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 Pralympic 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.'


  1. he shud jus stay away frm our sport.

  2. I stl believe he shud be locked up.. hes hazardous and a security threat