Caster Semenya Still Not Allowed To Compete: Runner Furious
Semenya's Running Career Up In The Air
Yesterday, it was announced that the lawyers of South African runner Caster Semenya will fight for her to compete again as early as Tuesday. Semenya was unofficially barred from competition ever since she was ordered to have her gender re-accessed.
But, she remains ineligible to compete. Today, the runner was turned away when she showed up to compete at the Yellow Pages Series V Track and Field event in Stellenbosch in her native South Africa.
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Semenya and the IAAF had a mutual agreement that would not see Semenya race while IAAF completes its investigation into the runner's gender. However, Semenya and her supporters feel the investigation has taken too long -- Semenya has last raced in August of 2009.
Semenya expressed her disappointment in the IAAF's lack of action. She released a statement ascertaining her determination to start racing again. The statement said, "The result (of the delay) is that my athletic capabilities and earning potential are being severely compromised. I am an athlete first and foremost and it is vital for my competitiveness, my well being and for my preparations for events during the European summer that I measure my performance against other athletes ... I hereby publicly announce my return to athletics competitions."
Moreover, Semenya claims her fundamental human rights have been violated.
"Some of the occurrences leading up to and immediately following the Berlin world championships have infringed on not only my rights as an athlete but also my fundamental and human rights, including my rights to dignity and privacy."
See Caster Semenya's full statement.