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Paralympian Pistorius Wants to Resume Running Training

April 03, 2013

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria Magistrates court on February 22, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. Photographer: Alet Pretorius/Foto24/Gallo Images via Getty Image

Oscar Pistorius, the South African paralympian accused of killing his model girlfriend, wants to resume training now that his bail conditions have been loosened, his manager said.

“Competing is still a way off,” Peet van Zyl said by phone today. “We need to get him back on the track. Just to get some normality back into his life.”

Pistorius, the double amputee athlete known as the Blade Runner because of his prosthetic legs, has not trained since he was arrested on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. Prosecutors charged him with premeditated murder for the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp, 29, at his Pretoria home. Pistorius says he accidentally shot her, thinking she was a burglar. A judge on March 28 lifted a ban on him traveling, allowing him to compete.

The athlete won six Paralympic gold medals for running and was the first paralympian to run at an Olympics, competing at the London games last year. Pistorius, 26, was born without fibulas and had both legs amputated at knee at 11 months old.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andres R. Martinez in Johannesburg at amartinez28@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Nasreen Seria at nseria@bloomberg.net


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