Johannesburg: Controversial athlete Caster
Semenya has been cleared to return to competition as a woman
after nearly a year of speculation on her gender, a media
report said on Thursday.
The International Association of Athletics Federations
has given the South African 800m champion the green light to
run again after reviewing the results of gender-verification
tests, reported television station ETV, citing unnamed
Semenya and Sport Minister Makhenkesi Stofile are
scheduled to give a press conference on the outcome of the
gender dispute today at 1830 IST, but neither the athlete`s
coach nor the ministry would comment on the ETV report.
"I can`t comment on anything until I hear it from the
minister myself," Semenya`s coach, Michael Seme, told AFP.
"There is an outcome on this matter, but as we are
speaking now I also don`t know whether it`s positive or
negative," said ministry spokesman Manase Makwela, quoted in
The Times newspaper.
The 800m world champion has not run since leaked test
results said she was a hermaphrodite following her win at the
Berlin championships in August.
The incident sparked anger from the South African public
and government, who have rallied behind the athlete.