Oscar Pistorius to resume training

A media statement on the athlete's website said he has decided to return to track training.

Oscar Pistorius seen training at the University of Pretoria. Picture: iWitness/via Beeld.

JOHANNESBURG - Paralympic athlete and murder accused Oscar Pistorius has decided to resume a "low-key track routine" according to a statement released on Thursday night.

His family's spokesperson, Anneliese Burgess, released the statement on his website, adding that he "is not contemplating a formal return to athletics and his training is not aimed at preparing for competition".

Burgess noted the athlete's ongoing legal troubles, saying, "His focus at this time remains entirely on the court case."

Family and friends have encouraged Pistorius to take up training again in order to "assist him in finding the necessary mental and emotional equilibrium to process his trauma and prepare for the trial."

Pistorius is yet to face trial for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day this year.

He claimed he mistook her for an intruder.

Pistorius is currently out on a bail of R1 million and was last seen in public during a brief court visit on 4 June, when his case was postponed to 19 August this year.

The athlete recently grabbed headlines again by claiming he had forgotten the password required to access an iPhone found at the murder scene, at his home in Pretoria.

The phone's contents are likely to hold important details related to the case and police have had to request assistance from Apple in the US.