Nobody Has Decided Yet If Caster Semenya Is Girlish Enough to Compete

The track star has been benched. Indefinitely: “Due to an ongoing investigation by the International Association of Athletics Federation, the South African Olympic Committee announced this week Semenya would be unable to compete in the imminent domestic season. The SASCOC president Gideon Sam said: ‘Caster Semenya is not eligible to run in any sanctioned meeting or race.’ He added: ‘The matter over the results of her gender test are still sitting with the international parent organization, the IAAF.’ The SASCOC have effectively rendered the 800m runner unable to compete while she is the subject of the ongoing investigation, despite the IAAF stating that she is free to run.” And now her attorneys are biting back: “In another twist in the tale, the 19-year-old’s legal firm have hit back, insisting that Semenya should be permitted to compete and is innocent of any wrongdoing. In addition, they argued that the South African athlete’s rights are being infringed. ‘It is clear that our client’s rights are once again being infringed,’ said Gregory Nott, Semenya’s lawyer. ‘Caster is a world champion. She has committed no wrongdoing. On the contrary, she has competed with the best and won. Her medal is confirmed as is her prize money and her record stands. She has not been disqualified to participate in any future athletics meetings.'”

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