Caster Semenya to return to competition in June

South African track star awaiting gender test results

It’s been a difficult year for Caster Semenya. After blowing away the competition in the women’s 800m World Championships last summer in Berlin, the South African runner was dogged by speculation about her gender. But with the results of the gender verification tests she was required to undergo set to be released in June, the 19-year-old has announced that she will be returning to the track. In a statement, she said she will be competing at the EAA meeting on June 24 in Zaragoza, Spain. Athletics South Africa (ASA) barred Semenya from a competition in Stellenbosch last week after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced that the results of the gender test, which were initially expected by last November, would not be ready until June.


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