PtG Article 07.07.2010

Semenya cleared to compete as a woman

Caster Semenya was yesterday cleared to return to track and compete as a woman by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The ruling ended an 11 month layoff for the South African runner while undergoing gender test after she became 800 meter world champion in Berlin last August.

In a brief statement on their website, the IAAF states that “The process initiated in 2009 in the case of Caster Semenya (RSA) has now been completed. The IAAF accepts the conclusion of a panel of medical experts that she can compete with immediate effect”.The IAAF furthermore stated that the medical details regarding the 19 year old Semenya will remain confidential and that they will make no further comment on the matter. "I am thrilled to enter the global athletics arena once again and look forward to competing with all the disputes behind me." Semenya said in a statement released by her lawyers. Semenya underwent gender tests following her dominant run as an 18-year-old at the Berlin world championships last August."We are delighted that Caster is finally being permitted to compete with other women, as is her legal and natural right," lawyer Jeffrey Kessler said.

"Hopefully, this resolution will set a precedent so that no female athlete in the future will have to experience the long delays and public scrutiny which Caster has been forced to endure."