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Oscar Pistorius rules out racing in 2013

May 20, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT


Even after being spotted on a high school track in April, and being cleared to race at the Paralympic Worlds, South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius has ruled out competitive running in 2013. Instead, he plans to focus on his upcoming murder trial.

“We have decided as a team we are not talking [about] any training or athletics,” coach Ampie Louw told Eye Witness News. “We have postponed for the whole year. He is nowhere close to being in a position to train. He just does fitness exercises in the morning with his family.”

Pistorius was charged with murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s morning at his home in Pretoria, South Africa. The London Olympian claimed he thought she was an intruder hiding in the bathroom, and shot her four times through the door before discovering what he had done.

Pistorius had some of his most lucrative sponsorships suspended in the wake of the shooting, and UK Athletics Chair Ed Warner told BBC Radio in April that Pistorius wouldn’t be welcomed to the London Grand Prix this season, because his appearance would pose too much of a distraction.

Pistorius is now out on bail and is due in court again on June 4.

  1. mogogo1 - May 20, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    The notion he was going to race in the midst of his trial was always a crazy idea. Not much would have looked worse for him at trial than to be seen continuing on like nothing had ever happened, given his entire defense rests on him convincing the court this was some horrific, traumatizing accident. In that same light, I was surprised to see his attorneys appealing the ruling that he not live in the house and also asking that his guns be returned. He hasn’t said much, but his family has let loose with a string of badly-worded comments throughout. I recall his uncle predicting “Oscar will come through this better than ever” and some racist-sounding quips about him needing guns to protect himself. He simply doesn’t sound like a very stable, or nice guy.

  2. norvturnersneck - May 21, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    He’s racing from the law.

  3. acmepackers - May 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    More importantly, has he ruled out homicide?

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