No running for Pistorius this year

Oscar Pistorius’s coach says the athlete is nowhere close to being ready to run again.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius makes history by competing in the heats of the 400m of the Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium. Picture: Wessel Oosthuizen/SA Sports Picture Agency.

JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius has ruled out returning to the track for the rest of the year to focus on his upcoming court case.

Pistorius stands accused of premeditated murder after the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day at his Pretoria home.

The 'Blade Runner' was released on bail of R1 million. His case will be back in court on 4 June in the North Gauteng High Court.

The Paralympian's coach Ampie Louw said Pistorius turned down invitations to take part in major international athletic events.

"We have decided as a team we are not talking [about] any training or athletics. We have postponed [races] for the whole year."

Louw said Pistorius was not psychologically ready to take part in any events.

"He is nowhere close to being in a position to train. He just does fitness exercises in the morning with his family."