Cape Town - Two-time Olympic 800m gold medalist Caster Semenya appears to be preparing for a career outside of athletics after joining a women’s football club.
According to the Independent website, the 28-year-old is currently appealing against a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which approved the IAAF’s introduction of a new testosterone limit for female athletes.
Semenya is unable to defend her 800m world title in Doha later this month without taking hormone-suppressing drugs, something she has refused to do.
And the South African has started training with Gauteng-based women’s JVW FC with a view to making her debut next season as the transfer window is currently closed.
“I am grateful for this opportunity and I appreciate the love and support I already get from the team,” she told the club’s website.
“I am looking forward to this new journey, and hopefully I can contribute as much as I can to the club.”
Club founder and Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk said: “I am absolutely honoured that out of all the other women’s clubs around the world, she has chosen JVW as the club where she would like to start showcasing her football skills.
“I welcomed her at her first training (session) with the team and was impressed to see that she definitely has all the fundamentals.”
JVW FC, founded in 2012, are currently lying in second place on the Gauteng Sasol log, two points adrift leaders Croesus Ladies. The side will be looking to qualify for the playoffs with the hopes of reaching the National League.
CASTER SEMENYA JOINS JVW |— LimSportsZone (@LimSportsZone) September 4, 2019
Olympic Champion Caster Semenya has reportedly joined and registered by JVW FC owned by Banyana captain Janine van Wyk and will be playing in the Gauteng #SasolLeague. The 28-year-old started training with the team on Tuesday. #LimSportsZone pic.twitter.com/ZbJzS4pUtK
?????????? pic.twitter.com/TQUMer2XLr— Caster Semenya (@caster800m) September 2, 2019
???????????? pic.twitter.com/JCYa7urRR3— Caster Semenya (@caster800m) September 2, 2019
A very special evening at the @JVWGirlsFootbal training grounds when we had @caster800m come down as a guest player.— Janine Van Wyk (@Janinevanwyk5) September 4, 2019
Rock solid defending?
Needs to work on her speed though ??
But seems like all the boxes are ticked??
New signing for 2020?? pic.twitter.com/Oqzo3ba3pY