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The South African national championships came and went this weekend. No click,
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Exactly a year ago, this meet sent Pistorius on his way to the London Olympics,
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This year’s South African track season began on a sunbathed university track in the historic old wine producing town of Stellenbosch in southwest South Africa as the 2013 international circuit may well end without Pistorius.
But even though the last 12 months have seen him reach unprecedented highs for a disabled athlete, should that hold any significance now in the context of the terrible tragedy that unfolded two months ago at Pistorius’ home and sent the South African in a swirling frenzy of front page headlines worldwide from Olympic inspiration to man accused of murder?
Where does Pistorius the athlete go from here? Where does he end up? And does he matter anymore?
To talk about Pistorius’ track career so soon after the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp can be seen as insensitive. Where is its importance or relevance in the larger story? More specifically,
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A South African high court judge ruled swiftly and decisively that Pistorius could continue his running career, invoking the principle that you are innocent until proven guilty. The IAAF, the body that governs the sport, said a similar thing when it announced that Pistorius would be able to run at this year’s world championships if like any other athlete he qualified.
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The image of Pistorius running on track on his blades once inspired many. Now it repulses some, maybe even those who used to cheer for him. At the very least it causes strong conjecture.
A grainy photograph taken by a South African high school student last month is the only public image we have of Pistorius on the track since the Feb. 14 shooting death of Steenkamp. He’s alone in the photo, walking on his blades at his regular practice facility at the University of Pretoria,
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When and if Pistorius does return to competitive running,
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Facing a likely lengthy murder trial, there is a chance that Pistorius the athlete might be back on track and under the closest and sternest of scrutiny while on trial for the premeditated murder of his girlfriend. In terms of any track comeback during that time,
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There will and some say there should be little sympathy.
But this might be the last remaining thing to hold on to for the disabled boy who became an Olympian,
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To understand Oscar Pistorius fully, you might always have to take into account his running, and the role it played and still may play for him. He might need it, not because it’s what made him famous and known to millions, and quite wealthy at the age of 26,
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The message Pistorius has often conveyed when talking about running might be significant in the weeks, months and possibly years that come.
"I struggle when people ask, ‘What are you trying to prove? What message are you trying to give?"’ Pistorius said in an interview once with The Associated Press. "It’s not about sending a message. I’m not trying to prove a point, I’m just trying to prove to myself that I can be the best that I want to be."
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And maybe, rightly or wrongly, he will never run again at a major meet. Maybe there’s meaning in the fact that a new young runner Van Zyl represents called Wayde van Niekerk won the 400 meter title at the South African nationals this weekend under the mountains in Stellenbosch. And maybe there’s something in the fact that Pistorius’ name was whispered here and there at Coetzenburg Stadium, but it wasn’t as prevalent as you might think at the two day meet of South Africa’s top athletes.
If ever Pistorius was going to run for himself, and what it may mean to him and him alone, it’s now.
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