South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has won a challenge to his bail conditions, allowing him the right to travel abroad.
A judge reissued Pistorius’ passport under the conditions that he provides details of his travel plans to the case investigation officer.
Pistorius, the double amputee known as “The Blade Runner”, is currently awaiting trial in South Africa for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He denies the charge of murder, claiming he shot her after mistaking her for an intruder.
In the same bail challenge his lawyers argued for an end to his supervision by a probation officer and compulsory drug and alcohol testing. The state opposed the application.
Back in competition?
The relaxation of initially tough bail conditions for Pistorius opens up the possibility that he could return to competition this year, including the IAAF World Championships in August.
His agent, Peet van Zyl, said, however, it was too early to say whether Pistorius was in the right shape physically and mentally to return to the track.
“We’re not just going to jump now and grab any opportunity to run,” van Zyl said in an interview. “It’s Oscar’s choice. He has got to be up for it. It will be his decision alone.”
The court decision also allows Pistorius access to his home, where the alleged murder occurred. However, one of his lawyers revealed that he did not believe Pistorious would be returning there to live.
Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead at Pistorius’ home in the early hours of Valentine’s Day, when police say he fired four times through a bathroom door. Prosecutors maintain 29-year-old model Steenkamp was a victim of premeditated murder.
The case has shocked a nation that had held Pistorius as a national hero. The runner also attracted global attention after competing against able-bodied athletes in the London Olympics last year.