Oscar Pistorius, Caster Semenya not to be given funding for 2016 Olympics

The South African Olympic Committee has decided not to spend money on athletes who are not currently training or competing.

updated: May 23, 2013 17:29 IST
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Johannesburg: Oscar Pistorius and Caster Semenya were left off a list of athletes to be given funding ahead of the 2016 Rio Games because neither is currently training or competing, the South African Olympic Committee said on Thursday.

Pistorius, a double-amputee runner who competed at the London Games, was not on the high performance list for the next Olympics and Paralympics after his decision to stay away from competition for the rest of the year to focus on defending himself against a murder charge for the shooting death of his girlfriend in February.

While Pistorius' absence on the list released Wednesday was expected, Semenya's was a major surprise after building a reputation as South Africa's top runner over the past four years.

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