Oscar Pistorius can race, trial or no trial


Themba Hadebe/AP

Sprinter Oscar Pistorius could take to the track at the summer’s World Championships—despite facing trial for allegedly murdering his girlfriend.

A South African judge ruled Thursday that the track star’s bail conditions allow him to leave the country as long as he provides an itinerary at least a week before leaving, according to an Associated Press report. His passport will be held by the court when he’s not jetting off for international competitions, according to the ruling, which included a number of wins for Pistorius’s legal team. Among them: Pistorius can now return to the home where he shot girlfriend and model Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14; he does not have to be regularly supervised by a probation order; he does not have to report regularly to a police station; and he can drink alcohol.

Peet van Zyl, Pistorius’s agent, told the news agency that the sprinting star known as the Blade Runner hasn’t trained for two months and will make his own decision about whether and when to start racing again.

“He has no desire to compete now but it might change and it will change,” defense lawyer Barry Roux told the court during the appeal hearing.

Prosecutors opposed easing bail restrictions. Pistorius has been out on a $108,000 bail after admitting to the shooting. He has claimed it was an accident. Prosecutors argue he intentionally killed Steenkamp after a quarrel.

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Oscar Pistorius can race, trial or no trial

  1. Reminds me of OJ Simpson

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