Unfit Semenya training in limbo

2010-07-01 12:31

Johannesburg - Caster Semenya's coach, Michael Seme, said on Thursday the world 800m champion was "unfit" and merely going through the motions in training while she waits indefinitely for a verdict on whether or not she can run against women.

Semenya has not competed since winning the global title in Berlin last August, shortly after it was leaked that the International Association of Athletics Federations had ordered gender tests on the South African record holder.

And while IAAF president Lamine Diack said in May they would have made a decision on her case by the end of June, Seme said on Thursday they were still waiting for the governing body's decision.

"We are waiting for the lawyers to tell us what is happening, but we haven't heard anything yet," Seme said.

"Caster is training, but she's not fit at the moment because we don't know when she will race again.

"She can't do any speedwork or prepare to race until we know when she can compete."

Semenya initially said she hoped to return to competition in Zaragoza, Spain on June 24, but that meeting was cancelled.

Last month sports minister Makhenkesi Stofile called a press conference with Semenya, expected to shed some light on her eligibility, but it was cancelled at the last minute. Her lawyers later said they needed to present a medical team's findings to the IAAF before making the announcement.

A few days later Semenya said she would attend a three-week training camp in Pretoria with the Caster Semenya Sports Academy.

Seme said on Thursday the camp, which includes the likes of distance runners Stephen Mokoka and Thozama April, had been extended by four days and would conclude on July 11.

IAAF spokesperson Nick Davies was unavailable for comment on Thursday, but told The Citizen earlier in the week the governing body had to have an internal meeting before a decision could be made on Semenya's case.


  • lungisani - 2010-07-01 12:45

    Have in there Caster. God always has a plan.

  • LittleNInjadevil - 2010-07-01 12:50

    Do you really blame her for not training. its sick what they have done to her. look at the pictures she looks like a woman so leave her alone. it does not take a year to do those tests

  • Nikki - 2010-07-01 13:11

    ...Look at that picture & tell me that looks like a woman to you?

  • Bongani - 2010-07-01 13:50

    She Eeeee Still Looks like a MAN!

  • sc - 2010-07-01 13:56

    this story is getting old now, how can you be sure the final result is actually not fabricated? its been so long now i think caster should move on and forget about running. maybe coach or something. she will never be treated fair by any other athlete if she ever manages to run again. this cloud will not clear.

  • Edmund - 2010-07-01 14:00

    It is totally unacceptable to have to wait so long for the results. The IAAF made a commitment that the results would be available by end June and I am sure many others have been waiting to see Caster compete again with Mike shouting "faster Caster" from the 300m mark. If they were so fast to have Caster tested why the extended delay, surely they have all the kit required to reach a conclusion sooner or is it the possibility of having to wipe the egg off their faces causing the delay??

  • When will we hear the truth? - 2010-07-01 14:27

    Has anybody thought of the possibility that she/he has been receiving treatment (hormal maybe) and needed to be re-tested? Maybe that's why its been taking IAAF so long in deciding whether she'll be allowed to compete again

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  • *sigh* - 2010-07-01 15:43

    @ Bongani and Nikki, ya'll r stupid, that's all i can say abt ur comments

  • Barry Saayman - 2010-07-01 15:47

    Caster, sweetheart you will always be my hero – you are a great athlete and I think you are an even greater person. I am thrilled by the news that you have not given up hope. I pray that whatever happens that everything will turn out well for you. You are still a very young woman and you have virtually your whole life ahead of you. Do not allow that the indecisiveness by adults that have not yet come to terms with reality impact negatively on your resolve to one day fulfil all your dreams that most probably already stretches far beyond your athletic career. I agree with Lungisani - God has a specific plan for you. May He strengthen and motivate you every step of the way. I think that the IAAF is making a huge error. This is not a legal matter. It is a matter of acting in a humane and decent manner towards a fellow human being that is entitled to our empathy if not our full sympathy. The challenge to do the right thing in not going to go away by postponing the final decision. Why do they not approach her fellow world class athletes that will be affected by their decision and debate the matter with them? Caster will not be able to compete successfully against them if she does not also work very hard. They may be willing to accept her as one of them without any reservations and that will be to their credit. By doing so they will make the world a better place for them and for everybody else. Sport is not only about winning – it is also about sportsmanship and giving humans the opportunity to show their best side to the grossly unfair world that we live in. Caster Semenya did not create herself.

  • RUNNER - 2010-07-01 16:13

    @Bongani and Nikki - stay off this site - you know nothing about athletics - your comments show that - doubt either of you can even run 1km!! Go Caster!!

  • jawellnofine - 2010-07-01 18:40 are YOU on about they said nothing about running you chop.....shehe may be able to run but inwhat category!

  • Karen - 2010-07-01 20:01

    The IAAF should find their balls (or ovaries) and make a decision one way or another. This is the girl's only way out of poverty and she deserves an answer so she can make plans for her future - running or not. This is such pathetic PC stonewalling and it's a disgrace!

  • logical - 2010-07-03 15:54

    it would only take doctors a short time to prove the physical sex of a person, I believe he/she has been taking some kind of drug treatment, which has caused the delay, but this will have to be announce to the other runners or most will refuse to race

  • kabelo vincent nyalungu - 2010-08-12 09:32

    sty strong and god wil b the 4 u & i wana join ur academy

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