Double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius appears at court to be indicted on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition for the death of his girlfriend on Valentine's Day in Pretoria, South Africa.     Photo: Themba Hadebe/Associated Press

Watch Pistorius Trial on TV

Athlete heads to court Monday

Viewers will be able to watch at least part of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on television thanks to a high court ruling Tuesday.

It’s the first time cameras will be allowed in a South African criminal trial, according to CNN. The catch? Testimony from Pistorius won’t be shown, according to the judge.  

The trial starts next Monday, March 3, more than a year after the South African athlete killed his girlfriend, model and law school graduate Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympic running superstar, doesn’t deny shooting Steenkamp. He says he mistook her for a home invader when he turned the gun on her in the bathroom of his home in Pretoria. Since that time, Pistorius has kept a low profile, although he did release a statement on the anniversary of Steenkamp’s death.

"No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved—and continues to love Reeva," he wrote on his website.

A South African television news station bought the rights to broadcast the trial and will launch a 24-hour channel exclusively dedicated to the event.  


Then, on Monday, USATF CEO Max Siegel met with representatives of Grunewald and Hasay, and Hasay released a statement that she would withdraw her protest—resolving the conflict and reinstating Grunewald.

"Since Saturday evening my emotions have ranged from despair to determination to go to Poland and represent my country as best I can," Hasay's statement reads. "After much thought and consideration, however, I have decided to withdraw my protest as I do not want to make a national team under these circumstances."

Grunewald will represent the United States at the World Indoor Championships next month in Sopot, Poland.

"Paul Doyle of DMG went above & beyond his duties as my agent to correct this situation. He is the guy you want in your foxhole!" Grunewald tweeted Monday.


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