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Pistorius challenges bail conditions

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Lawyers for South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will appeal the conditions of his bail, local television reported on Friday.

The eNCA news channel said lawyers for the sprint star, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, will ask for his ban on foreign travel to be lifted, along with mandatory drug and alcohol tests.

Lawyers argue that Pistorius -- who says the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp was a tragic accident -- is not a flight risk.

The papers were filed with the North Gauteng High Court on Friday.

Pistorius's lawyer Kenny Oldwage refused to comment.

Pistorius has also reportedly asked for the "blanket ban" on talking to residents of his gated community to be lifted and for him to be able to return to the house were Steenkamp was shot.

The papers were reported to say that "there is no desire by the appellant to use any prohibited substance or alcohol" but that the condition was not fair.

They asked that he be allowed to travel internationally, with police permission.

Pistorius's agent Peet Van Zyl said he was not aware of Pistorius's desire to travel, adding that his participation in overseas competitions had been cancelled.

He also said that Pistorius had not restarted training.

The athlete was granted bail on February 22.

Prosecutors have charged Pistorius with the premeditated murder of his 29-year-old girlfriend and he is due back in court in June.

The double-amputee admits shooting Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door, but says he mistook her for an intruder.

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