In an exclusive interview with _The West Australian _before his arrest, Oscar Pistorius said he was excited about visiting WA for the first time as the star attraction for next month's Go for 2 & 5 Perth Track Classic.
It was to be just his second race of the year.
"It will be great to run on the track and I hope it lends itself to some fast times," he said. "I am aware that there is a big South African community in Perth so I hope it will be like running in front of my home crowd.
"It is a great opportunity for me to open my season in Australia as I have not run there before with high-level competition and meets."
Pistorius also revealed he had taken an eight-week break after the London Olympics but had been back in heavy training in recent months in a bid to break through for a medal at a major championship this year.
"Perth will only be my second race for the season so I do not expect any fireworks," he said.
"However I would love to lay down a marker to start my season with a strong race."
Pistorius had been due to be in Perth for a week, but said he would be running, not sightseeing.
He brushed off his fame and his Blade Runner nickname.
"The media gave me the name and it stuck, I don't think about it too much to be honest," he said.