Posted June 13, 2013

Oscar Pistorius left off South African Paralympic team

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Oscar Pistorius, the first double-amputee to compete in an Olympics, was left off the South African Paralympic team. (Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius, the first double-amputee to compete in an Olympics, was left off the South African team. (Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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.

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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.


Things alter dramatically and drastically for Oscar Pistorius after he enters a parlous new cycle numerologically on 22nd July. This cycle, which does not bode well for his chances in the upcoming murder trial (which date has been set down for 19th August), will continue through to 22nd November, 2013. If you would like to read the updated version of my book Oscar Pistorius Reeva Steenkamp A Double Tragedy, please go to Lulu and type in my name Pamela Lillian Valemont, or follow this link to the ebook  Also available in soft and hard cover. Thank you.