Pistorius allowed to leave South Africa with conditions

Pistorius allowed to leave South Africa with conditions

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South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears on February 21, 2013 at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria. Pistorius battled to secure bail as he appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. South African police said today they have not yet decided whether to drop the lead detective investigating murder charges against Oscar Pistorius, after it emerged that he himself is facing seven attempted murder charges.

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Posted on March 28, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Gerald Imray / The Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa -- International athletics body the IAAF says Oscar Pistorius would be allowed to run at this year's world championships if he qualifies after the double-amputee runner was cleared by a court to leave South Africa to compete in track meets.

The Olympic athlete had appealed against some of his bail conditions, and a judge ruled Thursday that Pistorius can travel outside of South Africa to run, but with certain conditions. Pistorius is charged with murder in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

IAAF spokesman Yannis Nikolau says in a statement that there would be no objection from the world body to Pistorius competing at the worlds, saying "on the basis of the `innocent until proven guilty' principle he would be free to run."

Nikolau says the decision on whether Pistorius could run at other events would be at the "discretion of meeting organisers" and not the IAAF.

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