Oscar’s fellow athletes run into trouble

2013-03-11 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Murder accused Oscar Pistorius’s waning popularity is having an adverse effect on his fellow athletes.

In-Site Athlete Management, the company that manages Pistorius’s athletics affairs, has disclosed it was forced to cancel a planned tour to Australia for South African 400 metres hurdles champion Cornel Fredericks.

Fredericks (21) and Pistorius (26), team-mates at the Tuks athletics club, were scheduled to participate in Sydney on Saturday and Perth later this week.

“I had to cancel all the races because my athletes would get a lot of media attention in Australia due to the situation Oscar now finds himself in,” Peet van Zyl, the athletes’ agent, told Rapport.

“But we’re trying our best to schedule other races overseas,” he added.

In-Site Athlete Management also manages local athletes like Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, Janet Wienand and Frantz Kruger.r

Pistorius stands accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day.

He was granted R1 million bail on February 22. He was allowed to pay an initial instalment of R100 000, with the balance due by March 1.

New developments in the case came on Friday when Pistorius’s legal team challenged his bail conditions as unwarranted and unfair.

In papers before the North Gauteng High Court, his lawyers argued that Pistorius should be able to travel, given that magistrate Desmond Nair found during his bail application that he was not a flight risk.

They argued that he should be able to travel if given permission by his case investigating officer.

His next court appearance is on June 4.

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