One year out from the London Olympics, Caster Semenya is perhaps the biggest wild card in the history of track and field. Will we see the Semenya of 2009 who looked unbeatable and destined to break the nearly three decade old 800-meter world record? Or has the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) forced her to undergo some feminizing medical treatment, in order to be allowed to compete as a woman, that will progressively slow her down? Semenya is simply an unknown, just as she was coming into the '09 world track and field championships.
South Africa's Caster Semenya has been given the all-clear to compete again as a woman after undergoing a series of gender tests, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) announced Tuesday.
South African runner Caster Semenya is not yet eligible to compete because of pending ruling on her gender status, the country's Olympic committee said, following reports that she has been cleared to run in races starting next month.
South African runner Caster Semenya will be allowed to keep the gold medal she won in the women's 800-meters at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany, in August, the country's sports ministry announced Thursday.
So this week's much anticipated news about South African women's world 800-meter champ Caster Semenya turns out to be that there is no news on the most controversial issue: whether Semenya will be allowed to continue competing as a female.
South African athlete Caster Semenya must endure a further wait before she learns her fate in the gender test row which has overshadowed her victory in the 800m at the world championships earlier this year.
A lot of people have been outraged by the gender verification testing that South African athlete Caster Semenya has been put through, and have been trying to be supportive of her; but in doing so, they often further prejudice against the very thing which she appears to be: intersex.