Caster Semenya may return to international women's competition immediately, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced. The 19-year-old South African middle-distance champion has been sidelined for 11 months during complex gender verification testing following her 800-meter victory at the World championships last August.
"I am thrilled to enter the global athletics arena once again, and look forward to competing with all the disputes behind me," [Semenya] said.The International Association of Athletics Federations confirmed that Semenya, who won gold in the 800m at the World Championships in Berlin last summer, will be eligible to compete against other female athletes. She could target the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October as her first opportunity to win another major senior medal."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. Please note that the medical details of the case remain confidential and the IAAF will make no further comment on the matter.
There has been rampant speculation as to what the "process" might have entailed. South Africa's Sport24 quotes a high-ranking coach who says Athletics South Africa (ASA) confirmed that Semenya has undergone hormonal treatment.
Testing results were leaked last summer that revealed Semenya is intersexed with internal testes and no uterus or ovaries. Several South African sports officials, who were dismissed, were aware of Semenya's medical condition but did not tell her. Semenya was allowed to keep her gold medal.
Best of luck to Caster. Here's looking to another gold medal.
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