Athletics

Oscar left off Paralympic team

2013-06-13 14:43
Oscar Pistorius (AFP)
Johannesburg - As expected, Oscar Pistorius has been left off South Africa's team for the Paralympic athletics world championships next month in France.

South Africa named a team of 32 athletes Thursday for the event in Lyon.

It will be the first major meet that the world's most famous disabled athlete will miss as he prepares for his murder trial in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Charged with premeditated murder in Steenkamp's killing, the double-amputee runner will return to court in South Africa on August 19 - the day after the able-bodied world championships, where he had intended to run, conclude in Moscow.

Pistorius has dropped out of all competition this year to focus on his trial. He denies murder in Steenkamp's fatal shooting.

South African team for IPC Championships:

Men: Tsepo Bhebe, Dyan Buis, Jacques De Bruyn, Andrea Della Ave, Christiaan Du Plessis, Charl Du Toit, Divan Engelbrecht, Arnu Fourie, Reinhardt Hamman, Jozua Joubert, Gerrit Kruger, Hilton Langenhoven, Michael Louwrens, Denswill Maans, Teboho Mokgalagadi, Kerwin Noemdo, Jonathan Ntutu, Tyrone Pillay, Samkelo Radebe, Casper Schutte, Union Sekailwe, Zivan Smith, Fanie Van Der Merwe.

Women: Louzanne Coetzee, Lizel Gouws, Ilse Hayes, Anrune Liebenberg, Juanelie Meijer, Zandile Nhlapo, Ntombizanele Situ, Chenelle Van Zyl, Rouxne Vermaak.

Team manager: Neels Matthyser. Assistant manager: Zelda Hansen. Physiotherapist: Tanya Green. Coaches: Suzanne Ferreira, Jean du Plessis, Karin Le Roux, Jacobus van Zyl.

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