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Pistorius may compete in Russia after bail terms changed

Oscar Pistorius in court during his bail application hearing in February. Photo: Chris Ricco/Sports Inc/Press Association Images

Oscar Pistorius could compete in this year's World Championships after a judge changed his bail restrictions to allow him to travel abroad as he awaits trial for allegedly killing his girlfriend.

Lawyers for the "Blade Runner", who was not in court for the hearing, applied for the conditions to be changed to allow Pistorius to leave South Africa to continue his athletics career.

The 26-year-old is on bail after being charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot dead at his home in Pretoria last month.

Oscar Pistorius celebrates winning gold in a new Paralympic Record during the Men's 400m - T44 Final. Credit: PA Wire

Pistorius' representative Peet van Zyl did not rule out a return at the World Championships in Moscow this August, but said it was up to the Olympic and Paralympic star to make a decision whether he will try to qualify for the event.

When and if Oscar Pistorius runs and competes it is up to him. Neither myself of his coach will put him under pressure.

It is if he decides to run and goes there (to Moscow) and if he qualifies - it is all ifs, ifs, ifs.

He hasn't trained for more than eight weeks. He is a world-class athlete and he has to be prepared and he will not be under pressure to run.

International athletics body the IAAF, confirmed as far as it is concerned, Pistorius would be able to compete at this year's world championships if he qualifies for the event.

It is up to the meeting organisers to invite him for the one-day meetings.

With the IAAF events it is if he qualifies for Moscow, and then on the basis of innocent until proven guilty, he will be free to run.

– IAAF spokesman Yannis Nikolau

Pistorius, a double amputee and six-time Paralympic sprint champion, claims he shot 29-year-old Ms Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder in his Pretoria home.

He was released on bail by magistrate Desmond Nair last month on a number of conditions, including having to surrender his passport and to report to police twice a week.

Oscar Pistorius at Pretoria Magistrates Court during his bail application hearing in February. Credit: Chris Ricco/Sports Inc/Press Association Images

His lawyer Barry Roux today asked for several conditions to be relaxed, saying Pistorius - who has been staying with relatives - was effectively under "house arrest"'.

Judge Bert Bam granted the appeal, saying there was no reason Pistorius should not be allowed to leave the country if he was invited to compete abroad.

The star, however, must provide a copy of his itinerary to officials before he plans to travel, the judge ruled.