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Sam backs Semenya

Gideon Sam, the president of South Africa’s Olympic governing body SASCOC, has reacted with concern at rumours around 800 metre sensation Caster Semenya’s gender. Reports today (Wednesday) have suggested that the 18-year-old lighting up the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Berlin might have to undergo a gender test to prove that she is female.

ÔÇ£Caster has unbelievable talent and an athlete we earmarked for big things. We included her on the top tier of OPEX Elite Road to London athletes as we believe she has both the potential and the desire to win a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. We do not normally respond to rumour and gossip, but we feel compelled to say something,” Sam said.

ÔÇ£We have every faith in Athletics South Africa and the team they selected to attend the World Championships in Berlin. We are proud of the fact that we send ‘clean teams’ to global events and we would take strong action against a federation if this didn’t prove to be the case.

ÔÇ£With Caster on the brink of something special, we condemn the way she has been linked with such media speculation and allegation, especially on a day she is to run in the final of her first major world event. It’s the biggest day of her life and we wish her well,ÔÇØ Sam added.

ÔÇ£SASCOC are behind her and in support of her every step of the way. If the IAAF feel they need to give her a gender test, then they must also release the results to allow her to continue her development and put any malicious comment to bed.ÔÇØ


  1. Dr Sefatsa

    August 19, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Congrats to Castor 4 wining gold,shame 2 IAAF 4 what they r want 2 test,spirit of sport would alow IAAF to wait until da games and then investigates not only her but all rumours of event winners,with results of such later on,this can b traumatic 2 a young athlete.

  2. Nakedi

    August 20, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I share in the euphoria of Caster’s success, nothing beats it at this moment in SA. I feel SASCO failed her in not completely shielding her from this undue scrutiny, especially on the eve of her big race. SASCO has also failed a lot of young capable South Africans, especially in rural communities where there is thousands of Caster types…it shames me to see this great oversight, it is a traversty. As for the IAAF, read my commentary on their site…

  3. Nakedi

    August 20, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I am back again. The IAAF site has no “Leave your comment” slot to it; typical cowards. I wanted to say to them “where ignorance is bliss, it is folly to be wise”. They must ask us here in SA, we suffered immensely due to the abject ignorance of others…I have one word for them and it is, they are “MOEGOES”! Please somebody from SASCO send them this message and explain to them what their new tag means! They are nothing more than spoil sport Nazi-type bullies and bruisers…hands off Caster!

  4. johanna sekgwelea

    August 21, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    i wish caster all da best n hope her results come back negative so dat she can continue with her journey 2 da have the potential 2 make it 2 the top and there are many people who are willing 2 back you not give up and keep your head held up high.may god bless you and give you the strength toachieve you dreams.keep up the good are an inspiration 2 South African youth.

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