Melbourne, June 14 (ANI): Murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has reportedly been left off South Africa's team of 32 athletes for the Paralympic athletics world championships, to be held next month in Lyon, France from July 19-28.
It will be the first major meet that the world's most famous disabled athlete will miss as he prepares for his murder trial in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day, Courier Mail reports.
According to the report, the double-amputee runner, who has been charged with premeditated murder in Steenkamp's killing, will return to court in South Africa on August 19, the day after the able-bodied world championships, where he had also intended to run, finish up in Moscow.
Pistorius has dropped out of all competitions this year to focus on his trial, which could begin in September, the report added. (ANI)