Blade Runner cleared to race in UK: Pistorius has bail terms eased so that he can make money before his trial
July meet at Olympic Stadium to showcase 'Paralympic champions of 2012'Pistorius won golds in both individual 400m event and the 4x100m relaySouth African star is charged with murdering girlfriend Reeva SteenkampHe can now leave the country to compete in international competitions
Must provide authorities with travel plans at least a week before departurePistorius did not attend the appeal, his next court appearance is June 4
the final event at the venue before work begins to convert into the
home of West Ham football club.
It is also the last major athletics event before the World Championships in Moscow two weeks later.
Significantly, Pistorius’ agent Peet van
Zyl said yesterday that the competitions could be ‘on the radar’ for
the athlete, who last year became the first to take part in both an
Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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Set for a return Pistorius wins gold in the men's 400m – T44 final at the
London Paralympics. His lawyers argued that he might need to run at track meets
again to earn money
Conditions: Pistorius must provide authorities with his travel plans at
least a week before he leaves the country. He must also return his passport to the court within 24 hours of returning to South Africa
VIDEO Could he compete in London Judge relaxes bail conditions
Oscar Pistorius could compete in London after bail is relaxed
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The International Association of Athletics Federations said the double amputee would be allowed to compete in this summer’s competitions if he qualifies.
Yannis Nikolau, spokesman for the ruling body, added that Pistorus would be ‘free to run . . . on the basis of the “innocent until proven guilty” principle’.
There is also the possibility that Pistorius, who can receive tens of thousands of pounds in appearance money, could compete in the British Athletics Birmingham Grand Prix at the end of June.
At yesterday’s bail appeal hearing, Pistorius’ lawyer Barry Roux said that while his client had no immediate plans to compete, it is likely he would need to return to the track to earn money.
Since his arrest the Paralympic gold medallist has sold assets including a share in a racehorse and property. ‘He is not going to run away and hide. He is going nowhere,’ Mr Roux told the judge.
Defence: Pistorius says he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp accidentally when he fired shots through a door in his bathroom in the pre-dawn hours, fearing there was an intruder in his house
Victim: Reeva Steenkamp, a successful South African fashion model and television personality, was found dead at the home she shared with the paralympic athlete
‘It’s only, only, only to earn
income . . . No other reason and under controlled circumstances. Why
stop him from travelling under controlled circumstances’
Mr Roux also argued that Pistorius
should be able to return to his home and the scene of the shooting,
which has been investigated by the prosecution.
‘The accused can’t be stopped [from
going] back to his house indefinitely,’ he insisted. Pistorius claims he
killed 29-year-old model Miss Steenkamp accidentally when he fired
shots through his bathroom door in the early hours, fearing she was an
Prosecutors say he shot her intentionally after they argued.
Pistorius competes against able-bodied athletes during London's 2012 Olympic games
His bail terms originally required
him to hand over his passport, avoid his home in Pretoria and all
witnesses in the case, report to a police station twice a week and
abstain from drinking alcohol.
But these rules were relaxed by Judge Bam, who described the decision not to grant Pistorius permission to travel as ‘wrong’.
He also no longer has to be regularly supervised by a probation official and the ban against him drinking alcohol was lifted.