Oscar Pistorius left off South African Paralympic team
South African double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius was left off the country’s track team for the Paralympic world championships, reports the Associated Press. The event will take place in Lyon, France next month, and South Africa selected its 32 athletes on Thursday.
Pistorius was charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 19. Pistorius had planned to compete in the able-bodied world championships in Moscow (which end Aug. 18), but he has dropped out of all competition this year to focus on the trial. He has denied the murder charge and claims he thought Steenkamp was an intruder.
Pistorius won gold medals in the men’s 4 x 100 meter relay and 400 meter races at last summer’s Paralympics, setting world records in both events. He was the first double-amputee to participate in the Olympics last summer in London, entering in the men’s 400 meter race and 4 x 400 meter relay.