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 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 out of 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.
She won the 800-meter world title in Berlin in 2009 and returned to competition following a yearlong absence because of a gender-test controversy to win silver medals at the 2011 worlds and the London Olympics.
Still only 22, Semenya is considered South A...