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Pistorius won't travel overseas, says uncle

ESPN staff
March 28, 2013
Arnold Pistorius says his nephew needs his family around him and will not go overseas © AP

The uncle of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has revealed his nephew has no intentions of going abroad despite having his bail conditions lowered.

The South African is awaiting trial after being charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day.

On Thursday, Pistorius' legal representatives challenged some of the conditions of his bail and travel restrictions were lifted, sparking rumours of Pistorius possibly competing at the World Championships in Moscow.

However, his uncle Arnold Pistorious has admitted a return to the track is unlikely to happen. "We know Oscar cannot go anywhere in the world because everybody will recognise him," Arnold Pistorius told Sky News.

"He doesn't want to go anywhere and he doesn't want to go into public life because he's not ready - he's absolutely not ready to do that. Oscar's got no intention to travel overseas now - he needs his family. I can't see him getting along without the support of his family."

On whether his nephew could come make a return to competitive action, he said: "Not in the near future. Not realistic. I don't think so. In the future, perhaps yes. I would like to say that. Knowledgeable people tell me that if a super athlete doesn't train for a year, he'll never get back to what he was, so we tried to convince him to get back into training. He knows that he'll have to do that. If he ever wants to run again he'll have to get back to training, otherwise he will just not be able to get back on track."

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