Semenya's future may become clear today

2010-07-01 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s world 800 metres champion Caster Semenya may finally have greater clarity about her athletics future by late afternoon today.

Nick Davies, spokesperson for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), said the athletics body’s executive council will meet this morning.

The findings of the medical committee appointed to investigate Semenya’s gender will be discussed.

Davies says he is fully aware of the fact that the IAAF promised the international media it would provide answers about Semenya’s future by the end of June.

“I reminded the council that the deadline expired yesterday.

“I cannot promise anything, but hopefully I will get the green light by this afternoon to issue a statement of some kind.”

The IAAF initially said that Semenya would know by November 22, 2009, whether she will still be allowed to take part in international athletics. 

Since then the international athletics body has produced one excuse after the other for why a decision has not been reached.

The delay has already resulted in Semenya’s having missed the entire local athletics season and almost half of the international one — losing out on substantial income.

The management of Athletics South Africa (ASA) are on tenterhooks, since they want to know whether Semenya will be allowed to represent South Africa at the African athletics event in Nairobi towards the end of the month, and at the Commonwealth Games in India.

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