15 Jan 2010

Semenya not allowed to compete yet

6:37 am on 15 January 2010

The South African runner Caster Semenya will not be allowed to compete until a resolution has been reached in her gender case.

Semenya underwent gender verification tests after she won the women's 800 metres at the Berlin world championships last August, following a rapid improvement in her performances.

The International Association of Athletics Federations has yet to reveal the results of the tests.

Athletics South Africa administrator Ray Mali says the 19-year-old athlete will be allowed to race only once the IAAF has cleared her.

Yesterday local media quoted Semenya's coach Michael Seme as saying she was preparing to participate in a local series event beginning on February 19th.

Semenya and her family have maintained that she is a woman and that publicity surrounding the case has caused hardships.