Monday Memo -- Olympian, Paralympian on Trial; Sochi Paralympics

(ATR) The trial for Paralympic gold medal sprinter Oscar Pistorius begins today...The 2014 Winter Paralympics begin Friday in Sochi.

South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears on February 21, 2013 at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria. Pistorius battled to secure bail as he appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. South African police said today they have not yet decided whether to drop the lead detective investigating murder charges against Oscar Pistorius, after it emerged that he himself is facing seven attempted murder charges.AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears on February 21, 2013 at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria. Pistorius battled to secure bail as he appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. South African police said today they have not yet decided whether to drop the lead detective investigating murder charges against Oscar Pistorius, after it emerged that he himself is facing seven attempted murder charges.AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius on Trial

The trial for Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius begins Monday in Pretoria, South Africa.

Pistorius faces a charge of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013.

Winter Paralympics

The 2014 Winter Paralympics begin Friday in Sochi, Russia.

The Sochi Paralympic torch relay is underway in Russia. Around 1,500 torchbearers are expected to run with the torch.

The torch relay will take place over 10 days in 45 cities across all of Russia,before ending in Sochi for the Paralympic opening ceremony.

SPORTELAsia

Shanghai, China opensSPORTELAsia 2014 on Monday.

The official hotel and venue for the convention is the Kerry Hotel, Pudong Shanghai.

SPORTELAsia 2014 concludes on Wednesday.

IAAF World Indoor Championships

The 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships begin on Friday in Sopot, Poland.

Ethiopian middle distance runner Genzebe Dibaba andRussian high jump champion Ivan Ukhov are expected to compete in theIAAF World Indoor Championships, whichconclude on March 9.

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