Oscar Pistorius is getting help from the U.S. in preparation for his murder trial in March.
A team of American forensic investigators is working with the South African double-amputee sprinter’s defense team, according to reports.
“It’s very standard practice to work with experts during the preparation of any trial,” Pistorius spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess told the South Africa Press Association on Tuesday.
Burgess said the forensic experts arrived at the house where Pistorius was staying Monday, but she did not go into any more detail.
Pistorius, 26, shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day at his Pretoria home. He argued that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder locked in his bathroom. He was indicted on a murder charge in August, and there have been reports his lawyers were in settlement talks with the Steenkamps.
Burgess told The Associated Press that Pistorius has done little else than focus on the trial since his last court appearance Aug. 19.
“Nothing much has changed,” Burgess told the AP. “Oscar is preparing for the trial. That’s the focus and that’s the focus of everybody around him, too.”
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A film crew has been following Usain Bolt for many months and is expected to do so through his Olympic farewell in Rio.
The final product, “I am Bolt,” is a Universal Pictures film.
A teaser video was published Tuesday, 10 days before the Rio Olympic Opening Ceremony.
A short promo of the film was screened at the Berlin Film Festival in February.
In Rio, Bolt will try to sweep the 100m, 200m and 4x100m golds at a third straight Games.
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian soccer star Neymar says the problems at the athletes’ village could harm the preparations of some Olympic competitors at the Rio Games.
“If this is all true, we have to lament it. We had so much time to get everything ready, but some things didn’t work out,” he said as Brazil’s men’s team prepares for the Olympic tournament.
“I hope they fix all the problems,” he said. “It’s complicated for athletes to come from abroad and realize that their accommodation is not in good condition. You prepare three years of your life to be in the Olympics and then something like this ends up hurting you. It’s not nice. I hope they can fix everything and that everybody can be happy”
Brazil’s men’s team is preparing for the games at a training camp in the mountain city of Teresopolis on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.
In other news, Brazil’s starting goalkeeper injured his right elbow and could miss the team’s final warmup match ahead of the games.
Fernando Prass did not practice on Tuesday after complaining of pain in his elbow and it remains unclear whether he will be fit to play the friendly against Japan on Saturday. The 38-year-old Palmeiras player will be re-evaluated daily.
Prass was one of the players older than 23 selected for Brazil’s squad, under Olympic soccer rules.
Brazil’s opening game at the Olympics is against South Africa on Aug. 4 in Brasilia.
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