5 Apr 2013

Pistorius not back in training

5:41 am on 5 April 2013

Oscar Pistorius's family has issued a statement denying the Olympic and Paralympic 'Blade Runner' is back in training for the first time since he was charged with murdering his girlfriend.

South African newspapers had published a photograph of the double amputee in running gear and wearing his carbon-fibre blades on a Pretoria University running track last month.

The family statement says Pistorius is not back on any official training programme, he's still in an extremely traumatised state and has made it clear that he's not contemplating anything at this stage.

The statement says he's been running on a number of isolated occasions in the days following the relaxation of his bail conditions.

The family said they had encouraged him to start exercising as a way to help deal with the trauma and "stabilise him emotionally".

The 26-year-old was granted permission to travel abroad and told he no longer needed to report to a probation officer.

The move opened up the possibility that he could return to competition this year, including the world championships in August.