x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Oscar Pistorius will be welcomed by athletics events despite murder trial, claims agent

The Paralympian, awaiting trial for killing his girifriend, has been allowed by court to fly overseas to continue his athletics career.

Oscar Pistorius in action at the 2012 Paralympics.
Oscar Pistorius in action at the 2012 Paralympics.

The agent of Oscar Pistorius believes the Olympic and Paralympic athlete will be welcomed back to athletics when he decides to return to competition.

The athlete nicknamed 'Blade Runner' is allowed to travel abroad for competitions once again, after a judge changed his bail restrictions earlier while he awaits trial for killing his girlfriend.

Lawyers applied for the conditions to be changed to allow Pistorius to leave South Africa to continue his athletics career, and he has been linked with an attempt to qualify for the World Championships in Moscow.

Although agent Peet van Zyl has said any return will be the sole decision of Pistorius he does not believe event organisers will be put off with the pending court case.

"He is the only one who can determine if and when he is ready to train and return to competition," van Zyl told BBC's Sportsweek.

"I have received through the whole ordeal emails of support from various meeting directors showing their support and condolences for Oscar and wishing him well through this tough time and they hope one day to see him back on the track.

"When the time is right we will approach competitions and I'm sure there will be guys out there who will be willing to have him back out on their track."

The 26-year-old is on bail after being charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot dead at his home in Pretoria last month. Pistorius claims he mistook her for an intruder at his home.


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