Friday, January 15, 2010

South African Runner Allowed to Compete as a Woman

Last August and September we followed the story of Castor Semenya, the runner from South Africa who was forced to go through a series of tests to prove her gender.

This week comes news that she is free to compete on the international level while the investigation into her gender continues.

According to the Associated Press, coach Michael Seme said Wednesday that Semenya’s lawyer advised him that the 800-meter world champion can compete in the new season that starts this month.

The International Association of Athletics Federations ordered that Semenya be tested in August hours after the 800-meter final in Berlin, where the teenager showed a muscular build and exceptionally improved performance.

Semenya was never officially suspended by the IAAF, pending the outcome of the gender tests, according to the AP.

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