Caster is ‘fit and ready’

2011-08-18 09:18

Caster Semenya’s management team has denied reports that the world 800m champion is unfit and unprepared to defend her title at the global championships in Daegu, South Korea, at the end of the month.

“The recent media reports that Caster Semenya is not ready to defend her world 800m title are untrue,” her spokespersons, Mthokozisi Xulu and Tshepo Seema, said in a statement today.

“Semenya remains disciplined, focused and excited about representing South Africa at the IAAF World Championship in South Korea,” they said.

Yesterday, Afrikaans daily Beeld quoted unnamed training partners as saying Semenya was overweight, was regularly late for practice and had clashed with her coach Michael Seme.

According to her spokespersons, though, the 20-year-old Semenya had trained hard for the championships, but had started tapering with less than two weeks to go.

“She has embarked upon a stringent training programme in preparation for the world event,” they said.

“Currently, she is doing light, final training at the home base in Pretoria.”

Xulu and Seema also denied allegations that Semenya had distanced herself from her training partners.

“We wish to dismiss any rumours that there is trouble in her camp. These rumours are seen as attempts to discourage and distract her from her glorious quest for gold.

“We furthermore wish to assure South Africans and Caster’s supporters that all is well with our champ and that she is going to put up a strong fight in defence of her title,” they said.

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