IAAF clears Semenya to run as woman

2010-07-06 14:41

Controversial athlete Caster Semenya has been cleared to compete as

a woman after nearly a year of speculation over her gender, the International

Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has confirmed.

The IAAF has today given the 19-year-old South African 800m world

champion the green light to run again after reviewing the results of

gender-verification tests.

“The process initiated in 2009 in the case of Caster Semenya has

now been completed,” the IAAF said.

“The IAAF accepts the conclusion of a panel of medical experts that

she can compete with immediate effect.”

The IAAF added: “The medical details of the case remain

confidential and the IAAF will make no further comment on the matter.”

Semenya has not run since leaked test results said she was a

hermaphrodite following her win at the world championships in Berlin in


The incident sparked anger from the South African public and

government, who have rallied behind the athlete.


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