Caster Semenya has been given the OK to compete again, after being ordered to undergo gender verification testing after her 800 meter win at the World Championships last year. Get more details on this story plus see photos and a video below.
It’s been 11 months since the 19-year-old South African competed last, and undoubtedly she is thrilled with the news that she’s been cleared to once again compete.
She can compete immediately and it’s been reported that she could participate at the World Junior Championships July 19th, held in Moncton, New Brunswick.
It all started during the 800-meter world championship trials last August, when speculation surrounded the teen after she pretty much kicked a$$, looked quite muscular and oh yeah, had some incredible improvements in her personal times. Last year, the Sydney Daily Telegraph wrote a piece on Caster where a source revealed that she allegedly had higher testosterone levels than your typical female because she had male reproductive organs.
Semenya’s attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, released a statement to The Associated Press:
“We are delighted that Caster is finally being permitted to compete with other women, as is her legal and natural right. Hopefully, this resolution will set a precedent so that no female athlete in the future will have to experience the long delays and public scrutiny which Caster has been forced to endure.”
It’s nice to see that Semenya can finally have some closure to this ordeal. All that matters is that she’s allowed to compete again…as a woman. As she said in a statement:
“I am thrilled to enter the global athletics arena once again and look forward to competing with all the disputes behind me.”
What are your thoughts on Caster Semenya being allowed to compete again? Let me know what you think…. You can see more photos of her plus a video related to this story below.