Caster Semenya: When Will The South African Runner Race Again?
Will Caster Semenya Be Cleared To Compete Again?
Nineteen-year-old runner Caster Semenya could start competing again as early as Tuesday, reports UniversalSports. Semenya's lawyers are pressing for Semenya to be allowed to return to competition as soon as possible. The South African athlete's success at last year's track and field championships was overshadowed by doubts over her gender. An onslaught of media scrutiny followed.
Commissioned by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the runner was subjected to gender tests. There were unofficial reports saying that the results of the tests were inconclusive. Eventually, it was announced that the results of gender tests were to remain confidential and that Semenya would be allowed to keep the gold medal that she won in the 800-m race at the 2009 Athletics World Championships in Berlin.
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Now, Semenya's lawyers are fighting to have her back on the track again. Semenya has not competed since doubts were raised about the athlete's gender last year. Of course, IAAF's approval would signify the association's acknowledgment that Semenya is in fact a female. As of March 11, there was still no progress made in Semenya's case.
Meanwhile, Semenya's inability to compete could be impacting her preparation and future in athletics. In her absence, Jennifer Meadows of Great Britain, Russia's Mariya Savinova and USA's Alysla Johnson are getting the experience that 19-year-old Semenya is missing out on. All three placed on the podium in Doha earlier this month in women's 800m race, which Semenya specializes in. And, although first-place Savinova is still almost three seconds behind the time set by Semenya in Berlin, lack of competition experience rarely plays in favour of a young athlete like Semenya.