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Sam welcomes Caster back
- Updated: July 6, 2010
South Africa’s Olympic governing body SASCOC on Tuesday welcomed the clearing of world 800-metre athletics champion Caster Semenya to compete as a woman.
Semenya was cleared by world track and field authority, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after close on a year of intense speculation over her gender.
Said an elated SASCOC president Gideon Sam: “From our side it’s heartening that this whole saga has finally come to an end.
“This will give both her and her coach Michael Seme the opportunity to carry on with their lives, both athletically and privately, and allow them be able to plan ahead without having this affair constantly hanging over their heads.”
Semenya, in a statement through her laywers said: “I am thrilled to enter the global athletics arena once again and look forward to competing with all the disputes behind me.”
Athletics South Africa on Tuesday said they would┬á implement with immediate effect, the International Amateur Athletics Federation’s decision to allow Semenya to resume competitive athletics.
ASA are in close communication with coach Seme, which will see the athlete undergoing fitness evaluation within the next 24 hours, which will determine whether she is considered as an addition to the current 22-member SA team that will compete at the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada from July 19-25.