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Posted March 28, 2013 by DJ Enuff in Sports
 
 

Update: Blade Runner Allowed to Compete Again?!

Pistorius allowed to compete again

Pistorius’ agent told The Associated Press that this year’s world championships could be “on the radar.”

Judge Bert Bam said Pistorius, who is charged with murder in the Valentine’s Day shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, must travel under certain conditions. His passport will be held by a court while he is in South Africa, and he can only leave the country if he provides an itinerary of his travel plans at least a week before he is due to leave. Pistorius must also hand his travel documents back to the court within 24 hours of returning home.

The ruling in a North Gauteng High Court opens the way for the Paralympic champion, who is facing a life sentence if found guilty of murder, to run in international competitions again.

Pistorius’ agent, Peet van Zyl, told the AP soon after the ruling that Pistorius could even run at the world championships in Moscow in August — if he wanted to and if he qualified.

“Based on this (judge’s decision), and if he is up for it and qualifies, the world championships will definitely be on the radar,” Van Zyl told the AP by telephone.

The judge’s decision was “fair,” Van Zyl said, but any return to competition would be up to Pistorius, who hasn’t run competitively since September or trained for two months.

“He’s going to be the one that determines running and training,” the agent said. “It’s his call. He’s the one under all the pressure for the court case and grieving for Reeva.”

Although Pistorius’ lawyers said in the appeal hearing that he had no immediate plans to compete, he would likely need to return to track in the future to earn money, they said. Pistorius himself, a double amputee widely known as the Blade Runner for his prosthetic legs, did not attend the court session.

“He has no desire to compete now but it might change and it will change,” defense lawyer Barry Roux told the judge in arguing for some of Pistorius’ bail restrictions to be eased. Roux said Pistorius would not try and evade trial if he is allowed to travel internationally, and would eventually need to run again “to earn an income.”

“He is not going to run away and hide. He is going nowhere,” Roux told the judge in the brown-walled courtroom in the high court, where television cameras and photographers were allowed in to record the proceedings. “Why stop him from traveling under controlled circumstances?” Roux added. – nypost

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ue to the fact that infamous Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius has not been proven guilty (yet), South African judge Bert Bam lifted some of his bail restrictions on Thursday to allow Pistorius to compete internationally again and travel out of country?! The judge held up the athlete’s appeal against the bail restrictions! Pistorius has his eye on the World Championships, and once the court case is over he will either be wearing black and white stripes or draped in gold medals! Pistorius “accidentally” shot and killed his girlfriend, model and actor Reeva Steenkemp on Valentine’s Day! Check out details above!