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Semenya cleared to compete as woman: Media

Controversial athlete Caster Semenya has been cleared to return to competition as a woman.



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
athletics sources.

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.

Bureau Report

From Zee News

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