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Pistorius wants return to training

Published 03/04/2013 | 17:27

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Murder suspect Oscar Pistorius wants to resume track training

Oscar Pistorius wants to train again and has been back to his regular track in Pretoria.

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The double-amputee athlete's agent said there was still no decision on an exact time for him return to resume running. But Peet van Zyl Ampie Louw said he told him he was "definitely keen to get back on track to resume training."

Pistorius went to his practice track in Pretoria on March 24, although he did not train, the agent said.

Pistorius last trained on track over two months ago, and his last competitive race was his victory in the 400 meters final at the London Paralympics in September last year.

Van Zyl said Pistorius wasn't ready "mentally" to compete yet after he was charged with murder in the Feb. 14 shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home.

"From our meeting, it was clear and evident it's going to take some time for him (to be ready to compete)," Mr Van Zyl said. "He's trying to process this whole ordeal."

Pistorius had also told his agent he would only consider going to the world championships in Moscow in August if he was in the right shape to run at the top level again.

Pistorius' first significant move toward a return to the track on his carbon fibre running blades came at the meeting with his management team at the home of his uncle, Arnold Pistorius. The 26-year-old has been staying at the house in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria since he was freed on bail.

Pistorius denies murdering Ms Steenkamp and says he shot her accidentally after mistaking her for an intruder in his house. Prosecutors have charged him with premeditated murder and say he intentionally shot her multiple times through a door inside his bathroom after the couple argued in the early hours of Valentine's Day.

His next court appearance is June 4, where prosecutors aim to serve indictments. A murder trial may not begin until the end of the year, or even early 2014.

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