Saturday 16 December 2017

Pistorius returns to the track as he awaits trial over girlfriend's death

A bearded Oscar Pistorius returns to training in Pretoria
A bearded Oscar Pistorius returns to training in Pretoria

Aislinn Laing Johannesburg

Oscar Pistorius, South Africa's Paralympian athlete accused of murdering his model girlfriend, has returned to the running track.

Bearded and much skinnier, Mr Pistorius has resumed training, four months after he was arrested for shooting dead Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day.

But the 26-year-old has no plans to return to competitive running, despite a judge clearing him to do so earlier this year while he is on bail awaiting his trial.

"He is not contemplating a formal return to athletics and this training is not with the aim of preparing for competition," said his family's spokesman, Anneliese Burgess.

"His family, and those close to him, have encouraged him to spend a few hours a week on the track to assist him in finding the necessary mental and emotional equilibrium to process his trauma and prepare for the trial."

His family released a video of him at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria. Mr Pistorius is seen putting on his carbon-fibre blades and jogging around the track before attempting sprints.

Mr Pistorius denies murder and claims he shot Ms Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was a burglar. He is due back in court in August. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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